The 2016 Spring Convocation for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications will be: Fall 2017 Graduation Ceremony Date: 
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 5 p.m., Morris Daily Auditorium

Graduating seniors will be notified towards the end of the semester on how to purchase guest tickets for their family and friends. 

Professor Larry Sokoloff

JMC School Academic Adviser
 
Advising Office Hours (DBH 110)

Aug. 23- Dec. 11, 2017

  • Monday11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. *
    (Mondays - Aug. 28, Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 16, 30, Nov. 13. 27, Dec. 4. 11)
  • Tuesday9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. & 12:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday12:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Not available during summer and winter sessions.​

Importance of Academic Advising

The JMC School wants each student to have a successful college experience.  Academic advising plays a very important role. Delays in declaring a major or taking required courses can create problems and jeopardize a student's plan for graduation.  

Students who come in as "undeclared" majors should see an academic advisor and work immediately to get into a campus major by meeting the department's admission requirements.  Students who want to change their majors may also face challenges and restrictions.  Program advisors are there to help to resolve these issues as quickly as possible.

Advertising, journalism and public relations majors are required to see the JMC School's academic advisor at least once every academic year.  Each JMC school major has a suggested "4 Year Plan." They suggest how many classes and specific courses majors should be taken each semester.  Minors should prioritize seeing the JMC school academic advisor for guidance and assistance.  

All freshmen and transfer students admitted in the JMC school since Fall 2015 are required to complete an International Learning experience for academic credit.  More and more global media fields want graduates to have some international experience.  There are a variety of ways to meet this requirement and keep costs under control.  Dr. Matt Cabot oversees this program for the JMC School.  Visit him in DBH212 and discuss what might work for you to meet this requirement.

The goal of academic advising is to help students understand requirements and help them meet them successfully and on schedule.

JMC School faculty and staff are here to help students have a successful college experience. Students are always responsible for identifying and planning their career goals as soon as possible. Procrastination is never helpful, and can result in both academic and financial challenges. 

  • Academic advising is essential for success. Students who put off getting advising, delay in declaring or changing a major, or delay in taking required courses in a timely manner can create serious problems for themselves, and possibly jeopardize their graduation. "Undeclared" majors should see an SJSU department academic adviser immediately, and prioritize developing a plan to meet admission as soon as possible. Each of our media fields are highly competitive, so students should always strive to do their best, and keep their grades as high as possible at all times.
  • JMC School policy – No late adds or drops. All media professional fields place a high priority on meeting deadlines. Advertising, journalism and public relations students are taught to follow and respect this expectation in JMC School classes. Unlike other programs on campus, late requests in the JMC School to add or drop a class will not be approved by the school director unless there are unique circumstances with support documentation. Requests to drop classes late in a semester due to poor grades are not approved.
  • Academic advising available every fall and spring semester. Our majors are required to see the JMC School adviser at least once a year, and work out a detailed plan for graduating on time. To avoid long waits for advising, remember the busiest times for JMC School advising is always during the first and last month of each semester. A full time adviser is not available during the summer and winter sessions. During those times the school director offers part-time advising when available.
  • Advertising, journalism and public relations majors have "4 Year Plans" (The links to each are on the top right side of this page). In order to graduate on time, required classes and the specific order to take them are in each degree plan. Students should avoid reducing the number of units taken each semester. That could present class availability issues and delay your graduation. SJSU wants all students to complete their required coursework in a timely manner. Minors should prioritize seeing the JMC school academic advisor for guidance and assistance. 

Frequently asked questions


  • Freshmen year is the ideal time to start these very important conversations.  While you focus on successfully completing your university general education requirements, new students should also take full advantage of campus events and other learning opportunities to discover possible career choices.  Along the way to talk about this with the academic advisor or our JMC School faculty.
  • Transfer students with a declared JMC School major should have done their career research.  See the academic advisor as soon as possible and discuss a specific plan for completing the degree program on schedule.

  • Freshmen year is the ideal time to start these very important conversations.  While you focus on successfully completing your university general education requirements, new students should also take full advantage of campus events and other learning opportunities to discover possible career choices.  Along the way to talk about this with the academic advisor or our JMC School faculty.
  • Transfer students with a declared JMC School major should have done their career research.  See the academic advisor as soon as possible and discuss a specific plan for completing the degree program on schedule.

Students should bring to those advising sessions important forms and information including:

  • A copy of all transcripts
  • Fully updated Major or Minor forms
  • (Graduates) Fill out the Courses Completed form (Do not wait to fill out those forms during the advising appointment.  That slows down your session.  Other students may be waiting.  Be as and prepared as possible for academic advising).
  • Bring all questions you have, and always be prepared to talk about your specific career goals in the media.  Do some online research in advance and identify specific job titles and companies that interest you.  That helps the advisor understand your thinking and strategic planning for your future.
  • Avoid indecision about your future goals. You are at the university now, and its time to move from generic ideas onto a path for career success. Each student has the responsibility of figuring that out.  Our JMC School academic advisor and each faculty member can help you talk it through.  Go visit them during office hours as soon as possible.

  • It is like a minor, but with fewer units taken in a single department. An approved academic focus in a specific discipline/department for 12 units is a requirement for all majors.
  • At least six of these units must be taken from the list of upper division 100-level courses. An academic focus in traditional liberal arts and social sciences disciplines offers the advantage of ensuring that the student will meet school requirements for 65 units of general study within the framework of 90 units.
  • Students who select an academic focus in business, technical writing, radio/television/film, art photography, or other professionally oriented disciplines will need to carefully plan their programs in order to complete all graduation requirements for the 120-unit degree.
  • Students are required to have their academic focus approved by their academic adviser.
  • Students may also select a minor instead of an academic focus, but “official” minors in most departments typically require 15 to 18 units. 

The focus must be in a department outside of the School of Journalism & Mass Communications.

There is a 240-hour internship required of all majors in the school. This equals six weeks of full-time work or a minimum of 20 hours per week for 12 weeks. Internships must be approved by your academic adviser and the school internship supervisor. Students must work in an off-campus organization and have a qualified professional (in the student’s major) supervise their work. Internships require weekly activity reports, a final letter from the employer, and completion of a questionnaire about the internship. The internship is normally done during the summer between the junior and senior years and must be completed before the last semester of the senior year. Students may not accept an internship before completing the course prerequisites, gaining approval from the major adviser, and turning in an approved agreement with the host agency. The internship requirement may be waived for students who can document comparable professional experience prior to the senior year. Students who intern without formal enrollment in the MCom111 Internship course will not be permitted to register for retroactive credit.

For more information, visit the following page.

  • A maximum of 12 units from community college course work that was completed in California may be transferred to school majors. Courses that are accepted include those equivalent to department lower division offerings as required for a given program or sequence.
  • Other community college courses in mass communications subjects may be included. A maximum of three units from this category may be transferred for general elective requirements in the major.

Complete a major form. All departmental forms are available online or at the department office (DBH105). Complete courses completed form. Carefully read the instructions. Take forms to the student advising office at DBH110 for signatures. Complete the application for graduation from admissions & records. Turn it all in to admissions & records. Students need to list all courses that have been taken outside the school of journalism. Transfer students are required to provide the school with a copy of the transcripts from other institutions as soon as possible. Major forms will not be approved unless such records are on file.

Students seeking alternative from the study abroad portion of the international experience requirement due to financial hardship, serious and compelling life situations, or physical limitations must meet first with the CASA International Coordinator to review the requirement guidelines. Students may then petition the college for a travel alternative. Final determinations regarding travel alternatives must be approved by the dean of the college. Students who are approved for a travel alternative are required to complete a 1-unit online seminar (APSC 198I) in conjunction with 20 hours of service in a local service organization. Students must select an organization that serves individuals or communities representing a cultural heritage or background that is different than their own. Click here for Alternative Petition