The University of Idaho School of Journalism and Mass Media (JAMM) combines hands-on professional programs with a liberal arts approach to the study of mass media. The School offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in Advertising, Broadcasting and Digital Media, Journalism and Public Relations. The curriculum is based on a premise that journalists, radio and TV broadcasters, public relations professionals and advertising executives should be broadly educated. Accordingly, students must take at least 80 of the 128 credits needed for graduation outside the School.
Students with JAMM degrees pursue careers with advertising agencies, radio and television stations and networks, film and video production companies, cable and satellite operations, newspapers and other print and online media, public relations firms, and as media specialists in non-profit agencies, private corporations and within the government. Graduates also pursue advanced degrees.
The School of Journalism and Mass Media provides theoretical and professional preparation in mass media fields and also functions as an academic unit of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences to provide media courses to students in other fields of study and university general education core courses.
Students seeking the B.A. degree are required to have a demonstrable proficiency in a foreign language. Those seeking the B.S. degree must complete an 18-credit minor or area of emphasis in a subject area outside those taught by the School of Journalism and Mass Media.
Students are encouraged to enhance their academic experience by working at the independent Student Media groups on campus, including The Argonaut newspaper, KUOI-FM, and The Blot magazine. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue internships at professional media organizations throughout the region.
Our department helps to provide information and culture to Idaho and the region through its affiliations with Northwest Public Radio and Idaho Public Television, which have operations located at the Radio-TV Center.
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