Department of Journalism College of Communication and Fine Arts

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Retention, Graduation and Placement


To keep its students on track to completion of their academic programs, the Department of Journalism provides all of its students careful advising by full-time faculty members. We schedule sufficient sections of all required journalism department courses so that students are not delayed in the completion of their programs in a timely manner.


The department has a strong record of retention within the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the University. The one-year retention rate for Department of Journalism students is 78.1 percent (Fall 2011 to Fall 2012).


The department also has a history of being one of the most effective programs campus-wide in terms of graduating students. With 70 undergraduate degrees awarded between Summer 2011 to Spring 2012, the department was the most productive in the College of Communications and Fine Arts. Within the University, the department ranked fifth in number of graduates among the 17 bachelor of arts programs. The department's three-year average graduation rate (graduates to undergraduate majors, 2009-2012) was 20 percent.


The Department of Journalism provides a placement office to assist students in securing internships and jobs in the mass communication professions. A national employment survey of graduates from U.S. undergraduate journalism and mass communication programs shows that University of Memphis graduates tracked fairly closely with the national sample during the last five years. In the latest survey year, more of our students, 55.6 percent, were employed full-time five months after graduation, compared to 53.3 percent of students in the national sample.

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