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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog

Contact Information
Overview
Academic Policies
Degree Requirements
Majors
Course Descriptions

Established: 1925

Rankings: In the past 20 years, the Associated Press Managing Editors
Association, Radio-Television News Directors Association and media including Madison Avenue and The Gannett Center Journal have ranked the collegeís undergraduate and graduate programs consistently among the nationís top ten. U.S. News & World Reportís only ranking of journalism and communications programs in 1996 indicated that the collegeís graduate programs in advertising, public relations and telecommunication were ranked second nationally, and the journalism program was ranked sixth nationally.

Accredited: Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC)

Academic Divisions:

  • Department of Advertising
  • Department of Journalism
  • Department of Public Relations
  • Department of Telecommunication
  • Division of Graduate Studies & Research
  • Interactive Media Lab
  • The Documentary Institute
  • Brechner Center for Freedom of Information

Degrees: Bachelorís degrees in advertising, journalism, public relations and telecommunication.

Academic Advising: The Office of Student Services, Weimer Hall, Room 1000, maintains student records and handles academic advising.

Scholarships: The collegeís Knight Division for Scholarships, Career Services and Multicultural Affairs provides undergraduates with information about scholarships and assistantships, internships, placement services, and the collegeís minority recruitment and retention activities.

The college awards more than $200,000 annually in undergraduate scholarships and assistantships. The application deadline is February 1. For more information, write to the College of Journalism and Communications, P.O. Box 118400, Gainesville, FL 32611-8400.

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Computer Requirement: Requirements for students majoring in telecommunication may differ from those of other students in the college.

Internships: Students can earn credits by completing professional internships. These credits count as a required course for each major except Telecommunication, where it is a professional elective. All students must work 100 hours for each hour of credit. Grades for internships must be S/U. Internship credit can be repeated with change of assignment for a maximum of three credit hours. Any internship credit beyond the three, such as through the Honors office, will not count toward a student's 124-credit total needed for the degree.

Learning/Training Tools: The college is home to PBS affiliate (WUFT-TV), NPR affiliates (WUFT-FM, WJUF-FM) for North Central Florida, two commercial radio stations (WRUF-AM/FM), a low-power television station (WLUF-TV), the student magazine Orange and Blue, the Documentary Institute and the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information.

Student Organizations

Majors, Specializations and Minors:

Major Minor Degree Awarded Total Credits
Advertising No BS 124
Journalism No BS 124
Public Relations No BS 124
      Specialization: Technical Communications
Telecommunication No BS 124
      Specializations: News, Production or Management
The college offers a minor in Mass Communication Studies.
The college also offers a Master of Arts, a Master of Advertising and
a Ph.D. in Mass Communication.

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