Welcome to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University - one of the largest and most innovative journalism and mass communication programs in the nation. A vibrant and active faculty of scholars and professionals prepare students for productive and responsible careers in mass communication.
High-Tech and Cutting Edge Curriculum
The curriculum is designed for students who want to learn cutting-edge communication skills and develop a lifelong commitment to the responsibilities and privileges of being mass communicators in a high-tech, multicultural, global society. Students gain a broad, liberal arts education with a professional focus in one of six programs: advertising, digital media innovation, electronic media, mass communication, journalism and public relations. A professional M.A. program targets working professionals in the Austin and San Antonio areas.
The School's faculty offices, classrooms, high-tech media labs and administrative offices are located in historic Old Main, situated atop Chautauqua hill and overlooking the Texas State campus and the city of San Marcos. Students can also earn an undergraduate general mass communication degree without ever visiting the San Marcos campus. A full bachelor of arts degree is offered at the university's Round Rock Higher Education Center north of Austin.
Students who come to study with us have plenty of opportunities to experience hands-on what it's like to work in media professions. The School provides professional student-operated media to the campus and community, including the University Star newspaper; KTSW-FM, a 10,500-watt radio station; Bobcat Update, a twice weekly newscast airing on local cable; and Bobcat PRomotions, a student public relations agency serving clients on and off campus.
Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. Students can be involved in extracurricular activities through SJMC-sponsored chapters of the American Advertising Federation, National Broadcasting Society, Society of Professional Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America and other groups.
Students are excellent scholars and competitors in state, regional and national competitions.
Students from the School hold internships at major media outlets in Texas and throughout the nation, including positions with Scripps Howard, Dow Jones, Chips Quinn and others.
Diversity in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
The faculty and student body are richly diverse - 21 percent of all students are Hispanic. Faculty members hail from Brazil, India and China. Faculty members are productive academics who present papers and actively participate in regional, national and international conferences.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). This designation signifies excellence and commitment to high standards in professional journalism and mass communication education. ACEJMC accreditation is earned by only 20 percent of JMC programs in the country. More than 2,200 majors are enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate programs—which makes the program one of the largest journalism and mass communication programs in the nation.
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