Is the UW–Madison School of Journalism accredited?
The School voluntarily chose in the mid 1990s to forgo accreditation after changes to the accreditation process would have resulted in either restricting the number of journalism courses our students could take or requiring them to spend more than four years to complete the degree program. We continue to believe the decision has helped keep our program strong, and we have detected no negative impact of any kind for our students.

Can a student study abroad and major in journalism?
Yes, and many of our students study abroad in a variety of places around the globe. We suggest students choose a UW-affiliated program to minimize risk of late graduation.

What is the difference between Journalism and Communication Arts?
Communication Arts is the study of rhetoric (public speaking); interpersonal communication; and film, TV and radio production. Students interested in writing, directing or producing movies or television programs should pursue a Communication Arts major. Journalism focuses on objective or persuasive communication, with a strong emphasis on writing skills. Students interested in reporting news or creating and delivering persuasive campaigns (regardless of the media in which they are delivered) should apply for the Journalism degree program. Many students choose to major in both Journalism and Communication Arts in order to receive the benefits of both programs.

What’s the difference between Strategic Communication and Marketing?
Marketing is housed in the Business School, and has a much stronger math/logic component within its program. It also contains an emphasis on sales. The Strategic Communication track focuses more on the creative side of persuasion, through writing, planning and design.

Is there a Journalism minor or certificate program?
Not at this time.

How big is the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and how many students are admitted each year?
The School has made small class size a priority, giving students greater access to their professors and a better environment in which to learn and practice skills. To meet this priority, the School limits admission to 105 students each semester, keeping classes small, faculty contact high and one-on-one attention the norm.