Welcome to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University! We're proud to be one of the largest and most innovative journalism and mass communication programs in the nation. With a vibrant and active faculty of scholars and professionals, we provide our students with the best training and preparation for productive and responsible careers in mass communication in the 21st century.
High-Tech and Cutting Edge Curriculum
Our academic curriculum is designed for students who want to learn cutting-edge communication skills and to develop a lifelong commitment to the responsibilities and privileges of being mass communicators in a high-tech, multicultural, global society. We provide students with a broad liberal arts education with a professional focus in six sequences: advertising, digital media innovation, electronic media, mass communication, journalism and public relations. We also offer courses and graduate concentrations in Latinos and media, online media, and strategic communication.
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 a general mass communication degree without ever visiting the San Marcos campus—we're one of the few academic programs to offer a full bachelor of arts degree 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. Our 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.
Our students are excellent scholars and competitors in state, regional and national competitions. The University Star newspaper received seven awards in 2014 from the Society of Professional Journalists organization.
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—and faculty members hail from Puerto Rico, India and South Korea. Faculty members, two of whom are Fulbright scholars, 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. We have more than 2,200 majors enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs—which makes the program one of the largest journalism and mass communication programs in the nation.
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