2020-2021 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog

Journalism and Mass Communication

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Ignatius Fosu, Chair, Professor
Elizabeth (Betsy) Emmons, Vice Chair, Associate Professor
David S. Shipley, Professor
M. Clay Carey, Associate Professor
Daniel D. Haun, Assistant Professor
Virginia (Nia) Johnson, Assistant Professor
Idrissa N. Snider, Assistant Professor
John Marc Green, Instructor

Undergraduate Programs and Requirements

Journalism & Mass Communication Major (B.A.)  with a required concentration in one of the following:

Broadcast and Electronic Journalism
Print Journalism
Public Relations

Sports Media Minor  

Interdisciplinary Minor
Film Production  

The department offers a major in journalism and mass communication (JMC), with four possible concentrations, or tracks: advertising, broadcast and electronic journalism, print journalism, and public relations. Students must officially declare a concentration/track. The JMC major leads to a bachelor of arts degree.

The department also offers a minor in sports media and, in cooperation with the Department of Theatre and Dance , a minor in film production.

Admission Requirement to the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Students wanting to declare JMC as an academic major must have at least a 2.50 GPA for admission and a 2.25 GPA to stay in the program. In the absence of a 2.50 Samford GPA, a 2.50 overall GPA will be considered. If the GPA falls below 2.25, the student will have one semester to increase it to reach 2.25. If the GPA does not meet or exceed 2.25 after one semester, the student will have to change majors.

General Education: University Core Curriculum and Distribution Requirements

See General Education Overview  in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences introductory pages for a list of required and applicable courses.

JMC majors must take MATH 110 (Contemporary Mathematics)  or higher to fulfill the general education mathematics requirement. JMC majors cannot use JMC 200  to satisfy their general education social science requirement.


    MajorMinorInterdisciplinary Minor


      Journalism & Mass CommunicationJournalism & Mass Communication - Film Production

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