The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers many opportunities for media professionals, academic researchers, educators, and recent graduates to expand their education and training within the mass communication field. The courses offered cultivate strong research, analytical and multimedia skills that prove advantageous to the media professionals as well as to those interested in continuing their education at the doctoral level.
Students will broaden their understanding of communication theories and current research and will be prepared for doctoral studies in journalism, mass communications, or related fields. The program also develops students’ critical thinking abilities and practical skills that will enable them to take up media-related positions in the changing media environment. The program also enables students whose undergraduate major may not have been mass communication to gain a skills and theory base for mass communication careers. The Master of Arts in Mass Communication with concentrations in Strategic Communication, New Media, Latinos and Media, and Global Media is attracting some of the best and brightest students from Texas, other states in the US and other countries around the globe.
The varied expertise of faculty and diverse backgrounds of both faculty and students provide a healthy learning environment in which participants learn through interaction and discussion. Courses offered in the program address a variety of cutting-edge topics such as online and social media as well as traditional topics such as mass communication theory and research methods.
In addition, students select courses from outside the school to supplement their studies. Students may choose the thesis track, which requires 33 hours, or the non-thesis track, which requires 36 hours.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is housed in historic Old Main. Situated on top of a hill, Old Main has become the University’s most recognizable symbol. The building houses the campus radio station, faculty offices, smart lecture rooms, television editing facilities, state-of-the-art computer laboratories and a conference room. The office of The University Star, the student newspaper, is located in a building nearby.
Graduate student assistants are provided office space and resource room facilities. The Alkek Library at the University offers excellent research facilities with its vast collection of books and other audio-visual resources. The library also offers the TexShare facility that allows students to borrow books from several other universities from within the state.