National Accreditation

The School of Journalism at Michigan State University is a nationally accredited program. This means that we are held to a higher standard than most journalism programs and our curriculum involves more rigor than non-accredited programs.

For example, our skills classes are limited to 18 students per faculty member so that students get individualized attention and their graded assignments returned quickly. We also pay attention to student and faculty diversity, and assess our program to check that our high goals for student success are being met.

Standards of Excellence

These areas are designed to recognize, protect and ensure the integrity of our program.

  • Standard 1. Mission, Governance and Administration
  • Standard 2. Curriculum and Instruction
  • Standard 3. Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Standard 4. Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty
  • Standard 5. Scholarship: Research, Creative and Professional Activity
  • Standard 6. Student Services
  • Standard 7. Resources, Facilities and Equipment
  • Standard 8. Professional and Public Service
  • Standard 9. Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Professional Values and Competencies

Students learn professional values and competencies in at least 12 areas across our program. Our students . . .

  1. Understand and apply the principles and laws of free speech and press, summarized in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  5. Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles in professional work;
  7. Think critically, creatively and independently;
  8. Conduct research and evaluate information with methods appropriate to the communication professions;
  9. Write correctly and clearly, in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions;
  10. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others;
  11. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  12. Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.
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