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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

How to make a long range plan

A long range plan is one of the most helpful tools you can have. The good news is, it's easy. You can make a long range plan on your own, or you can set up an appointment with your advisor to make one together. Here are some easy steps to follow:

Step 1 - Make a list of the classes/requirements you still need to complete.

Start by using your curriculum worksheet to check off what you have done. It helps to run a DARS report so you can confirm what you have already completed and what you still need to do. 

Step 2 - Design future semesters.

Once you have the list of requirements you have yet to complete, use a long range plan worksheet to lay them out in the order in which you want to complete them.

Step 3 - Confirm hours.

You need a minimum of 120 hours to graduate, this may mean you will have some free electives available. You also must have at least 72 credit hours that are outside of journalism and mass communications. 

Step 4 - Have your plan reviewed

Bring your plan to an appointment with your advisor to go over and ensure that your classes are in order of required pre-requisites and that nothing is missing. 

Step 5 - Always refer to your long range plan

Once you have met with your advisor, your long range plan will be created in Google Drive, where you and your advisor will be able to edit the document as needed.