UA Journalism Department Designated a School by Arizona Board of Regents

The University of Arizona Department of Journalism has been designated a School of Journalism by the Arizona Board of Regents.

The term "school" more accurately reflects the size and scope of the program at The University of Arizona, which has 630 majors and pre-majors, making it one of

the largest majors on campus, said Jacqueline Sharkey, School of Journalism director. The UA program has been nationally accredited for more than 40 years and its graduates have won nearly every award in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Magazine Award.

Being designated a School of Journalism has a number of benefits, said Sharkey.

"It enables us to apply for research and educational grants only available to schools or colleges," she said. It also will help efforts to recruit the best undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the nation.

"This designation also gives our graduates have a more level playing field as they compete with students from journalism schools around the country for national and international internships and jobs," said Sharkey.

She also noted that every one of the UA School of Journalism's peer institutions is either a school or college. These include the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California-Berkeley; Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University; School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina; School of Journalism, University of Texas; Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; School of Journalism, University of Southern California; Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland.

The UA School of Journalism has a strong program in international journalism that enables students to report on issues of global importance from Latin America, the Middle East and the U.S.-Mexico border. In fall 2008 the UA relaunched its graduate program, offering a master's degree in journalism, and dual master's degrees in journalism-Latin American studies and journalism-Near Eastern studies.