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College of Communication and Information
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

201 Franklin Hall
Tel: 330-672-2572


The Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism comprises two concentrations: Information Design and Photojournalism.

Students in the information design concentration study the visual presentation of news. Students also may work on visual presentation of news for The Daily Kent Stater, The Burr and Graduates can find employment as page designers or copy editors at traditional newspapers and magazines or at online publications.Admissions to the information design concentration are suspended through fall 2014 and will resume contingent on university approval procedures.

Students in the photojournalism concentration study the visual reporting of news. This major is for students who have good visual perception and want to demonstrate this skill through photography. A dynamic portfolio is needed to break into this career, and the courses are geared toward producing one. Graduates find employment at newspapers, magazines or other print publications as well as online publications where visual presentation of news is required.

Journalism and mass communication majors supplement their coursework with an internship in their field of specialization. Other opportunities for practical experience include news, production, management, sales, performance and advertising positions on the campus newspaper, the Daily Kent Stater, and its online edition; the campus television station, TV-2; the campus radio station, Black Squirrel Radio; and the campus magazine, the Burr, and its online edition.

Career Opportunities

More than half of photographers are self-employed, a much higher proportion than for most occupations. Some self-employed photographers have contracts with advertising agencies, magazine publishers, or other businesses to do individual projects for a set fee, while others operate portrait studios or provide photographs to stock-photo agencies.

Most salaried photographers work in portrait or commercial photography studios; most of the others work for newspapers, magazines, and advertising agencies. Photographers work in all areas of the country, but most are employed in metropolitan areas.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Students first entering the university, whether from high school or transferring from another institution, are admitted directly into one of the ten JMC majors/concentrations. A Kent State GPA of 2.750 must be maintained to continue taking JMC courses.

Current Kent State students wishing to pursue a major in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication must have a GPA of 2.750 or higher to be admitted directly into one of the ten majors/concentrations.

Current Kent State students with a GPA lower than 2.750 (but 2.000 or higher) may be admitted as journalism and mass communication pre-majors after consultation with a JMC academic advisor.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 124 credit hours, 39 upper-division credit hours and minimum 2.750  cumulative and major GPA. Minimum 72 credit hours taken outside the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Only general elective courses may be taken as pass/fail, of which maximum 12 credit hours may be taken as pass/fail. A 2.750 overall GPA is also required to enroll in JMC courses.

Students who fall below a 2.750 overall will be allowed to remain in JMC courses for which they are already registered for one more semester. They will be given one semester to bring their overall GPA up to the school minimum. Failure to do so will result in not being permitted to enroll in JMC courses until their overall GPA reaches the school minimum. In addition, no grade lower than a C- (1.700) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities. For more information contact the Office of Global Education or CCI's Coordinator of International Study Programs.

Program Fee



Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Student Organizations

National Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, National Press Photographers Association, American Advertising Federation Student Chapter, Kappa Tau Alpha. Student Media: Artemis, The Daily Kent Stater, The Burr and Cyburr, UHURU, Luna Negra, Fusion, TV2, Black Squirrel Radio,

Advanced Degree Programs

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (22 credits)  Courses count in major GPA*
Type Course Title Credits
  JMC 20003 Introduction to Mass Communication** 3
    20006 Multimedia Techniques 3
    22001 Photography 3
    26001 Multimedia Newswriting 3
    26005 Multimedia Storytelling 3
    40006 Law of Mass Communication 3
WIC   40010 Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication*** 3
ELR   40092 Internship 1
Type Course Title Credits
KFA ARTH 22006 Art History I: Ancient and Medieval Art 3
KFA   22007 Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art 3
    3/4xxxx Art History upper-division elective 3
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
  COMM 21000 Communication Grammar Review**** 1
KSS ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  ENG 3/4xxxx English upper-division elective 3
  ENTR 27056 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
HIST 12070 History of the United States: The Formative Period 3
  12071 History of the United States: The Modern Period 3
  LIS 10010

Information Fluency
Information Fluency in the Workplace and Beyond
KAD POL 10100 American Politics 3
  VCD 14001 Visual Design Literacy 3
    37000 Visual Design for Media: Advanced***** 3
  Choose from the following: 3
KSS POL 10004 Comparative Politics (3)  
KSS PSYC 11762 General Psychology (3)  
KSS SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology (3)  
  Choose from the following: 3-4
  POL 20001 Political Methods (3)  
  PSYC 21621 Quantitative Methods in Psychology (3)  
  SOC 32220

Data Analysis (3)
Data Analysis Laboratory (1)
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Basic Science (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  General Electives****** (minimum 14 hours Non-JMC and 14 hours upper division for Information Design; 5 hours upper division for Photojournalism) Number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 124 credit hours and 39 upper division hours. 19-22
  Information Design (18-20)
  Photojournalism (21)

* No grade lower than a C- (1.7000) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.

** Students who successfully complete JMC 20001 prior to declaring a JMC major may use it as a substitute for JMC 20003.

***A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in JMC 40010 to fulfill the writing intensive requirement. Students declaring the combined degree program with the Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication will satisfy the writing intensive requirement with JMC 60003 Ethics in Mass Communication.

**** Minimum C (2.000)

***** Students who successfully complete VCD 13001 may use it as a substitute for VCD 37000.

******* Any JMC course taken is calculated in the major GPA. Minimum 72 credit hours taken outside JMC.

Special Major Note:

Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 124 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.


Information Design Concentration-Admissions suspended


 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (18-20 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
   JMC 36005 Copyediting 3
     46000 Newspaper Design 3
    46001 Information Graphics 3
  Choose from the following: 6-7
  JMC 22004 Visual Storytelling (3)  
    26007 Print Beat Reporting (4)  
    46020 Magazine Design (3)  
  Choose from the following: 3-4
  JMC 23031 Basic Electronic Media Audio Production (3)  
    26007 Print Beat Reporting (4)  
    32001 Photojournalism I (3)  
    32002 Photojournalism II (3)  
    40004 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3)  
    40012 Online Journalism (3)  
    40015 Media Management (3)  
    46006 Editorial Writing (3)  
    46007 Reporting in Depth (3)  
    46009 Reporting Public Affairs (4)  
    46016 Magazine Publishing (3)  
    46018 Feature Writing (3)  
    46020 Magazine Design (3)  
    46054 Broadcast Documentary (3)  
    46056 Cybermedia Production (3)  



Photojournalism Concentration


 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  JMC 22004 Visual Storytelling 3
    32001 Photojournalism I 3
    32002 Photojournalism II 3
    32005 Video for Still Photographers 3
    42001 Sports Photography 3
    42008 Advanced Photojournalism 3
  Choose from the following: 3
  JMC 42009 Fashion Photography (3)  
    46055 Entrepreneurial Documentary Photography (3)