About the Campus
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is an innovative urban university with nearly 30,000 students, 1,600 full-time faculty, and a support staff of more than 6,000. Through its parent universities, it offers 166 degree programs in more than 200 fields of study.
The journalism curriculum helps students prepare to be effective communicators regardless of their chosen profession. Careers in newspapers, magazines, broadcast and electronic journalism, public relations, and advertising are as vital as ever. The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree also prepares students for related careers and for graduate studies. For example, strong communication skills are essential for careers in law, business, and public affairs.
The urban setting of the Indianapolis campus enables students and faculty to work closely with public and private agencies, government, business, and industry. Its urban orientation enables the university to be directly involved in metropolitan concerns and aspirations. The state capitol is only a short walk from the school’s offices. Internships available at Indianapolis media organizations allow students to enhance their classroom skills with work experiences in a major media market. Classroom experiences are also enriched by part-time instructors who are media professionals.
The School of Journalism operates administratively and practically as one school for the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses. Because the degree program is unified, students who meet all admission requirements may start in Bloomington and transfer to IUPUI or vice versa. Students who have not met all admission requirements may transfer to the University Division at Bloomington or the University College at Indianapolis. The school is nationally accredited on both campuses.
Contact the School of Journalism at IUPUI by calling (317) 278-5320 or visiting the Web site at journalism.iupui.edu for more information about the degree at Indianapolis or to obtain a bulletin.
The IUPUI campus emphasizes computer-based journalism. Students are taught how to use online information (via LEXIS®/NEXIS®) in the course J 100 Computer Methods for Journalism. NEXIS, a massive database that contains full text of many newspapers, magazines, news services, and government documents, is very useful as background research on story ideas. Students are given free computer access accounts so that they can connect to the world of electronic information and, by e-mail, to their professors. Owning a computer is not necessary, but students who have their own computer in their homes or offices can turn in assignments electronically without coming to campus. Two journalists from the Indianapolis Star won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism using computer skills learned in IUPUI journalism courses. The Sagamore is often recognized as the top campus weekly newspaper in the state, having won numerous state, regional, and national awards.
Books, journals, trade publications, and newspapers used by faculty and students in journalism are housed in the University Library, 755 W. Michigan Street. The IUPUI University Library is a beautifully designed building and features computer databases that help students, faculty, and staff in their academic and professional work.
Students can work for the Sagamore news operation, which publishes using the Web, print, and JagRadio. The School of Journalism, in accordance with principles established in the Articles of Operation, administers the news operation. The Sagamore is a state-of-the-art news operation that gives students a full range of opportunities in writing, editing, photography, ad sales, production, graphics, and page design. Students have full responsibility for the news-editorial content and may also gain management and marketing experience. Students are also encouraged to explore opportunities in the communications market in print, broadcast, public relations, and advertising in Indianapolis.
The school recognizes and rewards the academic and professional accomplishments of its students with a program of awards and scholarships on both campuses. The school places its outstanding students on the Dean’s List each semester, based on their grade point average for that semester. In addition, the school annually awards about $200,000 in scholarships, ranging in value from $1,000 to $8,000, to its majors. Indianapolis students compete with Bloomington students for these scholarships. Applicants are selected for these scholarships by a faculty-student committee. The school announces the awards at an annual ceremony for students and parents in the spring.
The Journalism Student Organization helps students prepare to enter the media by organizing a spring job fair and sponsoring occasional workshops and guest speakers throughout the year. Students can also join the professional chapters of Society of Professional Journalists, for students interested in careers in news, or Public Relations Society of America, for students interested in careers in public relations.
The IU School of Journalism at Indianapolis has a placement director in Indianapolis to help students prepare for internships and full-time employment. Indianapolis students are also encouraged to take advantage of recruiting visits, available through the Bloomington campus. Information about these opportunities is posted regularly on the school’s bulletin board or through the Journalism Web site at journalism.iupui.edu. Job opportunities are also listed in Career Matters, an online newsletter from the Bloomington campus.
The school’s placement director advises students in preparing resumes, clips, cover letters, and interviews; as well as arranging for recruiters and employers to visit the IUPUI campus. For more information, contact Maggie Balough Hillery, Informatics and Communications Complex, (317) 278-5320.
Students may earn up to 3 credit hours in journalism for properly supervised internships, as long as they arrange to meet the school’s requirements in advance of taking the internship. Students cannot apply the credit to the minimum of 33 credit hours required for the journalism major.
The IUPUI Honors Program offers special opportunities for academically superior students to do honors work or pursue departmental or general honors degrees. Undergraduates may enroll in independent study, H-Option courses, graduate courses, or designated honors courses. Students should check each semester for specific course offerings.
Students who have SAT scores of 1100 or above, rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class, or have a 3.3 grade point average are eligible to enroll in honors courses. Students not meeting those criteria can explore limited participation in the program with the honors counselor.
To graduate with a general honors degree, students must have a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and at least a 3.5 grade point average in all honors work. All credit received in honors work counts toward graduation, but a grade of B+ (3.3) or higher must be received for honors credit. For information on honors degrees, contact the Honors Office, University College, UC 3140, (317) 274-5941.
The University Writing Center provides tutoring for all kinds of writing needs as well as a hotline service for telephone inquiries, (317) 274-3976. The center is located in Cavanaugh Hall 427, (317) 272-2049.
The Center for Young Children is located at 321 N. Limestone St., (317) 274-3508.
The Certificate in Public Relations serves students not majoring in journalism by providing a coherent program of study. This certificate also provides the student’s current or prospective employer with tangible evidence of a student’s training in public relations. The certificate program is of interest to students in a wide variety of fields.
The Certificate in Public Relations is also beneficial to working professionals who are either currently in the public relations field or are considering a career change to public relations and desire formal credentials.
Students in good academic standing at Indiana University, Indianapolis campus, who are not majoring in journalism or telecommunications are eligible to apply to the certificate program. Students must file an application with the School of Journalism. To be considered for admission, students must have completed 26 credit hours with a minimum 2.2 cumulative grade point average (FX and WF will be calculated as F), including the following:
Required courses for the certificate include:
In addition, two of the following three courses must be taken: