UC Creates Journalism Dept.

Beginning Aug. 1, the University of Cincinnati (UC) will have its own Journalism Department.

The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday to create a separate, stand-alone Journalism Department at the institution.—-

Currently UC’s journalism program is housed administratively within the Department of English and Comparative Literature. There are 218 journalism majors and 46 certificate students taking classes this quarter, for a total of 265 students. The certificate program is roughly the same as minoring in the specialty.

The Journalism Department will be a part of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

A national search for a department head is in progress with a beginning date of Aug. 1.

During the transition period from program to department, the budget will be formulated from several sources including salaries, support staff, supplies and scholarships that are currently included in the Department of English budget. Although specific figures aren’t yet readily available, the Journalism Department won’t be an additional cost to the university, a campus official said.

UC's journalism faculty, which currently consists of eight full-time positions, will increase by one for the 2012-13 academic year, the new department head. Also, two retirements are expected in the next three years.

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