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Top Schools for Communications and Journalism

Read about programs in communications and journalism, which can lead to a career in professional editing, public relations or writing. Learn about the degree options at four universities, and find a list of other schools in the U.S. with programs for communication and journalism students.

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Communications and journalism programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These topics are highly interdisciplinary, so the programs integrate many media-related topics.

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School Overviews

Students who are interested in pursuing careers as communications specialists or journalists can find outstanding programs at Bradley University, Boston University, Asbury University and Allegheny College. Each of these schools offers a program that allows students to pursue in-depth studies in a particular area of interest. Two of them also offer internships at top-notch media organizations.

Bradley University in Peoria, IL

School Highlight: Students have the opportunity to intern at NBC during the Olympics.

The university's Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts is home to several degree programs in communications and journalism. For example, the Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Fine Arts in advertising, electronic media or journalism, amongst other related areas. Students can also pursue programs in organizational communication, sports communication or public relations, which can help them prepare for work in the newspaper or magazine field or in advertising.

Boston University in MA

School Highlight: Students can pursue two bachelor's degrees at the same time through the Dual Degree Program.

The university houses the College of Communication, which offers undergraduate degrees in film and television, advertising and public relations or journalism. The school also offers an undergraduate journalism major, with studies in photojournalism, science journalism and broadcast journalism. Graduate degree programs are also available.

Asbury University in Wilmore, KY

School Highlight: Asbury communications students have interned at CNN and the Pentagon.

The university's Communication Arts Department offers majors in communication and theatre, journalism, media and cinema performance. Journalism majors can pursue concentrations in news-editorial, digital storytelling, or literary journalism. Students majoring in communication can concentrate on leadership, public relations or communication studies.

Allegheny College in Meadville, PA

School Highlight: Double majors are available to students.

Allegheny College offers a Journalism in the Public Interest major in which students can take courses in news writing and beat reporting. They also have the opportunity to work on the college newspaper or student-run radio station, or they can complete an internship at the local newspaper, the Meadville Tribune. Alternatively, the Department of Communication Arts offers a major and a minor in communication; students who choose the major are encouraged to double major. The department also allows for self-designed majors that enable students to tailor the curriculum to their specific educational interests.

Top Communications and Journalism Programs

  • Alvernia University in Reading, PA has a Seniors College for senior citizens.
  • Arcadia University in Glenside, PA offers a degree program in digital communication and media.
  • At Baylor University in Waco, TX, corporate communication and rhetoric tracks are available in the school's bachelor's program.
  • Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY offers campus ministries for Baptist students.
  • At City University of Seattle in Bellevue, WA, corporate partnerships facilitate job hunting.
  • At Defiance College in Defiance, OH, the school offers electronic communication production and rhetoric and media concentrations in its communications bachelor's program.

Excellent communications and journalism programs can be found at many colleges and universities around the country. Some of the best schools allow for specializations and/or real-world experiences to prepare students for careers in the field.

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