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 compared to other units in the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the University. The one-year retention rate for first-time, full-time freshmen in the Department of Journalism is 85.7 percent (Fall 2012 to Fall 2013).  The one-year retention rate for all undergraduate students in the Department of Journalism is 85.2 percent (Fall 2012 to Fall 2013).


The department also has a history of being one of the most effective programs in terms of graduating students in a timely way. With 67 undergraduate degrees awarded between Summer 2012 to Spring 2013, the department’s four-year graduation rate was 17.4 percent and six-year graduation rate was 44.2 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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Last Updated: 4/3/15