About the Department of Journalism

Ball State has been providing journalism education for more than 80 years. We have grown from a few classes into a large, accredited program through our long history.

Our innovative approach to journalism education has earned the department significant acclaim and respect in the various industries we serve. Students, faculty, and alumni are regular recipients of academic and industry honors.


The Department of Journalism is a part of Ball State’s College of Communication, Information, and Media, one the largest communications colleges in the nation. Since 1979, we have been accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), which is the international journalism accrediting body. Our public relations major is certified by the Public Relations Society of America.

Graduation and Retention Rates

Retention Rates

First Year Second Year Third Year
Entering Class CCIM Journalism CCIM Journalism CCIM Journalism
2009 81.41% 79.50% 59.20% 58.19% 55.00% 51.00%
2010 81.44% 80.50% 55.20% 52.23%    
2011 78.30% 73.70%

Cumulative Graduation Rates

Fourth Year Fifth Year Sixth Year
Entering Cohort CCIM Journalism CCIM Journalism CCIM Journalism
2007 40.39% 37.09% 46.30% 44.30% 46.80% 44.70%
2008 39.90% 45.60% 48.50% 54.40%    
2009 36.75% 36.26%