DRAKE UNIVERSITY


TRANSFER PATHWAYS GUIDE: SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM & MASS COMMUNICATION
Drake's School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC) offers several majors (Advertising, Digital Media Production, Magazine & Brand Media, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, and Strategic Political Communication), which share a common core. Find more details about SJMC majors in the Drake catalog.

Drake accepts the DMACC Journalism Transfer Major AA. Please use the following guide to identify appropriate course choices if you are pursuing this transfer major. Drake accepts some DMACC courses to satisfy requirements in the SJMC core and majors, which are identified below. Other DMACC coursework may satisfy additional degree requirements; speak to an advisor for more information. DMACC students are eligible to cross-enroll at Drake for 3 credits per semester for no extra tuition. This is a great option for students wanting to take Drake-specific courses toward one of these majors.

Students are not required to take any or all of these courses in order to transfer to Drake but may use this as a guide to take applicable coursework for these degree programs.

Using Drake's Transfer Pathways Guides
Many courses from DMACC transfer to Drake; check TES for additional transfer course details. The courses listed here are required in the following majors and can be completed either before or after transfer to Drake. Students are encouraged to work with their DMACC advisor to develop a plan that utilizes as many of these courses as possible to satisfy core and elective requirements for their degree program.

General Education Articulation Agreement
Drake honors Associate of Arts (AA degrees) and Associate of Sciences (AS degrees) from the state of Iowa community college system, including Des Moines Area Community College, to complete Drake's general education curriculum (known as the Areas of Inquiry). Students must complete 60 transferable credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA to qualify.

Reverse transfer to complete the AA or AS with one or two Drake courses is also possible. If you have questions, please discuss this possibility with a Drake Admission Counselor or a DMACC advisor.

School of Journalism & Mass Communication Core
All SJMC majors complete a common set of core courses in addition to major coursework. The following DMACC courses satisfy SJMC core courses; additional core coursework will be fulfilled while at Drake.
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JOU 110 INTRO TO MASS MEDIA (3) JMC 030 MASS MEDIA IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY (3.000) 01/19/2010 
JOU 121 NEWSWRITING AND REPORTING (3) JMC 054 REPORTING & WRITING PRINCIPLES (3.000) 08/28/2006 
Advertising
Either MKT 150 or JOU 165 satisfies JMC 076 Advertising Principles. The other courses listed below fulfill requirements in the major and can be fulfilled before or after transfer to Drake.
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ECN 130 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (3) ECON 002 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (3.000) 08/28/2006 
JOU 124 DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION (3) JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 01/18/2018 
JOU 165 PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING (3) JMC 076 ADVERTISING PRINCIPLES (3.000) 05/14/2012 
MKT 110 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING (3) MKTG 101 MARKETING PRINCIPLES (3.000) 08/27/2012 
MKT 150 PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING (3) JMC 076 ADVERTISING PRINCIPLES (3.000) 08/31/2015 
PSY 111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (3) PSY 001 INTRO PSYCHOLOGY (0.000 TO 4.000) 11/10/2017 
Digital Media Production
Either JOU 124 or the combination of MMS 480 + MMS 481 satisfies JMC 057 Video Production. Either MMS 208 or the combination of JOU 130 + 217 satisfies JMC 067.

All Drake-equivalent courses listed below (JMC 057, 067, and 075), whether completed before or after transfer, are required for the major.
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ART 186 PRINCIPLES DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH (3) JMC 075 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3.000) 03/14/2019 
JOU 124 DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION (3) JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 01/18/2018 
JOU 130 INTRO TO AUDIO PRODUCTION (3)
MMS 217 SOUND FOR FILM AND VIDEO II (3)
JMC 0 JMC LOWER LEVEL ELECTIVE (1.000 TO 10.000)
JMC 067 DIGITAL AUDIO WRITING & PROD (3.000)
10/05/2020 
MMS 208 SOUND FOR FILM AND VIDEO (3) JMC 067 DIGITAL AUDIO WRITING & PROD (3.000) 08/20/2019 
MMS 480 VIDEO PRODUCTION I (3)
MMS 481 VIDEO PRODUCTION II (3)
JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 10/23/2019 
Magazine & Brand Media
Either JOU 124 or the combination of MMS 480 + MMS 481 satisfies JMC 057 Video Production. Whether completed before or after transfer, JMC 057 is required for the major.
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JOU 124 DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION (3) JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 01/18/2018 
MMS 480 VIDEO PRODUCTION I (3)
MMS 481 VIDEO PRODUCTION II (3)
JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 10/23/2019 
Multimedia Journalism
HIST 076 (or its DMACC equivalent) is required for the Multimedia Journalism major.

Students must complete one Writing & Creation course: JMC 057, 067, or 075. Several DMACC courses or combinations of courses satisfy this requirement. Students only need to complete one of these options, or complete it after transfer to Drake.
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ART 186 PRINCIPLES DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH (3) JMC 075 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3.000) 03/14/2019 
ART 289 PHOTOJOURNALISM (3) JMC 075 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3.000) 03/03/2020 
HIS 153 U.S. HISTORY SINCE 1877 (4) HIST 0-- HIST LOWER DIVISION (0.500 TO 10.000)
HIST 076 US HIST SINCE 1877 (3.000)
08/22/2011 
JOU 124 DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION (3) JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 01/18/2018 
JOU 130 INTRO TO AUDIO PRODUCTION (3)
MMS 217 SOUND FOR FILM AND VIDEO II (3)
JMC 0 JMC LOWER LEVEL ELECTIVE (1.000 TO 10.000)
JMC 067 DIGITAL AUDIO WRITING & PROD (3.000)
10/05/2020 
JOU 175 PHOTOJOURNALISM (3) JMC 075 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3.000) 02/19/2020 
MMS 480 VIDEO PRODUCTION I (3)
MMS 481 VIDEO PRODUCTION II (3)
JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 10/23/2019 
Public Relations
The following DMACC courses satisfy required courses in the Public Relations major: ECN 130, JOU 167, MGT 128, MKT 110, and PSY 110. They can be taken at DMACC or after transfer to Drake.

Students must complete 9 credits of journalism electives. Several DMACC courses or combinations of courses, listed below, can count toward these journalism electives.
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ECN 130 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (3) ECON 002 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (3.000) 08/28/2006 
JOU 167 PRINCIPLES OF PR (3) JMC 085 PUBLIC RELATIONS PRINCIPLES (3.000) 09/21/2020 
MGT 128 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3) MGMT 110 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3.000) 08/31/2015 
MKT 110 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING (3) MKTG 101 MARKETING PRINCIPLES (3.000) 08/27/2012 
PSY 111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (3) PSY 001 INTRO PSYCHOLOGY (0.000 TO 4.000) 11/10/2017 
Journalism Electives
In the Public Relations and Strategic Political Communication majors, students must complete 9 credits of Journalism electives. Possibilities that can be completed at DMACC are listed below. In some cases, there are multiple options to transfer to the same target Drake course. In those situations, students should only select one option to satisfy the target Drake course.
DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGEDRAKE UNIVERSITYNote?BeginEnd
ART 186 PRINCIPLES DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH (3) JMC 075 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3.000) 03/14/2019 
ART 289 PHOTOJOURNALISM (3) JMC 075 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3.000) 03/03/2020 
COM 148 DIVERSITY AND THE MEDIA (3) JMC 066 MEDIA RESPONSIBILITY OVER TIME (3.000) 08/15/2019 
JOU 124 DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION (3) JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 01/18/2018 
JOU 130 INTRO TO AUDIO PRODUCTION (3)
MMS 217 SOUND FOR FILM AND VIDEO II (3)
JMC 0 JMC LOWER LEVEL ELECTIVE (1.000 TO 10.000)
JMC 067 DIGITAL AUDIO WRITING & PROD (3.000)
10/05/2020 
JOU 165 PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING (3) JMC 076 ADVERTISING PRINCIPLES (3.000) 05/14/2012 
JOU 175 PHOTOJOURNALISM (3) JMC 075 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3.000) 02/19/2020 
MKT 150 PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING (3) JMC 076 ADVERTISING PRINCIPLES (3.000) 08/31/2015 
MMS 208 SOUND FOR FILM AND VIDEO (3) JMC 067 DIGITAL AUDIO WRITING & PROD (3.000) 08/20/2019 
MMS 480 VIDEO PRODUCTION I (3)
MMS 481 VIDEO PRODUCTION II (3)
JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 10/23/2019 
Strategic Political Communication
JOU 167 and POL 163 satisfy requirements in the Strategic Political Communication major. PHI 105 and MAT 157 satisfy electives in the major; additional course options are available at Drake.

Students must complete 9 credits of journalism electives. Several DMACC courses or combinations of courses, listed below, can count toward these journalism electives.
DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGEDRAKE UNIVERSITYNote?BeginEnd
JOU 167 PRINCIPLES OF PR (3) JMC 085 PUBLIC RELATIONS PRINCIPLES (3.000) 09/21/2020 
MAT 157 STATISTICS (4) STAT 071 STATISTICS I (3.000) 01/18/2018 
PHI 105 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (3) PHIL 090 ETHICS (0.000 TO 3.000) 08/31/2015 
POL 163 NEWS MEDIA AND POLITICS (3) POLS 116 MEDIA/MODERN POLITIC (3.000) 10/22/2018 
Journalism Electives
In the Public Relations and Strategic Political Communication majors, students must complete 9 credits of Journalism electives. Possibilities that can be completed at DMACC are listed below. In some cases, there are multiple options to transfer to the same target Drake course. In those situations, students should only select one option to satisfy the target Drake course.
DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGEDRAKE UNIVERSITYNote?BeginEnd
ART 186 PRINCIPLES DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH (3) JMC 075 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3.000) 03/14/2019 
ART 289 PHOTOJOURNALISM (3) JMC 075 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3.000) 03/03/2020 
COM 148 DIVERSITY AND THE MEDIA (3) JMC 066 MEDIA RESPONSIBILITY OVER TIME (3.000) 08/15/2019 
JOU 124 DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION (3) JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 01/18/2018 
JOU 130 INTRO TO AUDIO PRODUCTION (3)
MMS 217 SOUND FOR FILM AND VIDEO II (3)
JMC 0 JMC LOWER LEVEL ELECTIVE (1.000 TO 10.000)
JMC 067 DIGITAL AUDIO WRITING & PROD (3.000)
10/05/2020 
JOU 165 PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING (3) JMC 076 ADVERTISING PRINCIPLES (3.000) 05/14/2012 
JOU 175 PHOTOJOURNALISM (3) JMC 075 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3.000) 02/19/2020 
MKT 150 PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING (3) JMC 076 ADVERTISING PRINCIPLES (3.000) 08/31/2015 
MMS 208 SOUND FOR FILM AND VIDEO (3) JMC 067 DIGITAL AUDIO WRITING & PROD (3.000) 08/20/2019 
MMS 480 VIDEO PRODUCTION I (3)
MMS 481 VIDEO PRODUCTION II (3)
JMC 057 VIDEO PRODUCTION (3.000) 10/23/2019 
Drake's Transfer Policies
Work with a Drake University Admission Counselor to find out exactly how your credits will transfer, keeping the following in mind:

  • Students can transfer a maximum of 66 credit hours from DMACC or other community colleges. A Drake bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credits.
  • A grade of C- or higher is required for all transfer coursework.
  • A minimum of 40 upper level (100-199) credits is required for Drake bachelor's degrees.
  • The last 30 credit hours must be completed at Drake University.
  • Admitted students with an A.A. or A.S. degree from an Iowa community college who have at least 60 semester credits acceptable for transfer and a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average will enter Drake University having fulfilled the Areas of Inquiry requirements.
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