Journalism and Mass Communication

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Compass Roadmap | Journalism & Mass Communication

Begin Your Journey
First Year
Pursue Community
Second Year
Pursue Hospitality
Third Year
Pursue Calling
Fourth Year
Pursue Wisdom
Grow Intellectually
  • Meet the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty during Wildcat Week
  • Develop research skills in Cornerstone
  • Explore the life of Jesus and the New Testament church in BIBL 101 and 102
  • Participate in research project as part of JMC 100

  • Support your peers by attending ACU's URCI Festival
  • Explore the message of the Old Testament in BIBL 211

  • Engage in a faculty-mentored research or creative project
  • Participate in information literacy workshop
  • Attend Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention
  • Visit Ad/PR agencies as part of Morris+Mitchell

  • Present at URCI Festival or other conference
  • Finish strong by completing your Capstone course
  • Complete research paper in communication law
Grow Spiritually
  • Experience Candlelight Devo during Wildcat Week
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Participate in Chapel, including JMC Chapel
  • Engage in practices of meal fellowship, testimony and breath prayer

  • Participate in Chapel, including JMC Chapel
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Learn about service opportunities at the Local Missions Fair
  • Engage in practices of intercessory prayer, pilgrimage and journaling
  • Participate in Chapel, including JMC Chapel
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Gain hands-on ministry experience on a Global Service Trip
  • Engage in practices of silence, spiritual listening and examen
  • Participate in Chapel, including JMC Chapel
  • Engage in a local church
  • Engage in practices of friendship, relinquishment and developing a rule of life
  • Take Religion and Media
  • Experience Candlelight Sendoff
  • Receive and extend blessings at Senior Blessing
Grow Personally
  • Take StrengthsFinder assessment
  • Become involved in the ACU community by joining a student organization
  • Identify a potential faculty, staff or older student mentor in the Department of JMC
  • Grow as a leader through ACU LEADS: Emerging Leaders

  • Care for your whole person by taking advantage of recreation opportunities on campus (SRWC, intramurals, etc)
  • Actively engage in a student organization

  • Develop your leadership skills while serving in a leadership role on campus
  • Lead in a church ministry or local service organization

  • Mentor a younger student in the Department of JMC
  • Lead a student club or organization

  • Develop your leadership skills through ACU LEADS: Elected Leaders

Grow Culturally
  • Attend events hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs(OMA)
  • Explore the opportunities to study abroad at a Study Abroad interest meeting
  • Attend Events Hosted by the International Students Association(ISA)
  • Study Abroad for a semester in Oxford, Leipzig or Montevideo
  • Attend Events Hosted by the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action
  • Participate in a World Wide Witness Summer Internship
  • Participate in Race and Media Colloquia
  • Apply to be a Fulbright Scholar, AmeriCorps, PeaceCorps, or other international service opportunities
  • Help implement an OMA, ISA, or Carl Spain Center event
Grow Professionally
  • Explore career possibilities by completing PathwayU
  • Begin connecting with potential employers by activating your Handshake profile
  • Learn new creative possibilities at Creative U
  • Develop a rĂ©sumĂ© and participate in a mock interview
  • Get a summer job or internship related to your field of interest
  • Write a cover letter and rĂ©sumĂ© in JMC 224.

  • Research graduate schools that interest you
  • Identify faculty members who could write recommendations
  • Create a LinkedIn profile
  • Build a portfolio site to showcase quality work
  • Apply for a position with JMC's experiential learning entities: The Optimist, Morris+Mitchell, KACU or ACUTV
  • Secure letters of recommendation
  • Finalize rĂ©sumĂ©
  • Apply for jobs and/or graduate school

Exploring the Areas of Growth

Five Areas of Growth

  • Grow Intellectually – Sharpen your mind through critical thinking, problem solving and engaging in original research or creative projects. Build knowledge in your field and develop relevant skills through innovative and experiential assignments and activities.
  • Grow SpirituallyGrow in likeness of Christ, as the Spirit leads both individuals and communities into deeper love of God and others. Cultivate Christian community, hospitality, vocation and wisdom through reflective participation in community practices such as worship, study and service. 
  • Grow Personally – Mature as a whole person through mentorship, peer-to-peer relationships and cultivating habits that produce wellness. Discover your strengths, become a productive team member and grow as a leader.
  • Grow Culturally – Deepen intercultural knowledge and the ability to communicate with and relate to people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and geographic areas. Foster a greater respect and empathy for all peoples through building dynamic and mutually rewarding relationships in local and global contexts. 
  • Grow Professionally – Prepare for a meaningful career by exploring options, participating in career development activities, gaining relevant experiences and making purposeful connections that launch your professional life.

Integrated Spiritual Formation Themes


NOTE: Transfer students and those that surpass traditional semester cadences can progress to the next phase when appropriate for their needs.

Year 1 – Pursue Community

Connecting students to cruciform relationships with peers and adults on campus and in Abilene through compelling opportunities to invest in a variety of Christian organizations, both discovering and experiencing the distinctive nature of Christian community.

Year 2 – Pursue Hospitality

Engaging students in encounters with diverse peoples, ideas, and cultures through both local and global opportunities to extend and receive hospitality and to serve others in Christ’s name.

Year 3 – Pursue Calling

Advancing students’ understanding of vocation in a manner that integrates each student’s particular identity, career goals and vision for life with the broad calling for Christians to participate in the ongoing mission of God revealed in the pattern of Christ’s life and death.

Year 4 – Pursue Wisdom

Launching students into cruciform and purposeful living beyond the university by equipping them with tools for and experiences seeking Christian wisdom as they prepare to transition into a new season of life and career.