Whether it's under the name mass media, communication arts, or plain old journalism, there are some great programs for aspiring journalists at Christian colleges across the country. Below we will compare some of these schools' key characteristics and take a look at the journalism program features that set them apart.
There are many choices when looking for well-regarded journalism programs that are part of 4-year, Christian universities. The table below compares some of these options that have produced successful writers, reporters, and members of the media.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Loyola University - New Orleans||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||New Orleans, LA||$39,492|
|Mount Saint Mary's University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Los Angeles, CA||$39,608|
|Texas Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Fort Worth, TX||$44,760|
|Liberty University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Lynchburg, VA||$21,310|
|Union University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Jackson, TN||$31,510|
Source: NCES College Navigator
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Description of Christian Colleges with Excellent Journalism Programs
There are some common characteristics to look for when determining the best journalism program for you. These include internship opportunities, hands-on learning, updated facilities, and the kind of on-campus spiritual life that meets your needs. Here we will explore the media departments of a few excellent Christian colleges.
Loyola University - New Orleans
Loyola University in New Orleans offers a journalism Bachelor of Arts program as part of its School of Mass Communication, hitting on topics such as social media, ethics in reporting, and the future of journalism. Loyola offers numerous study abroad opportunities, and The Princeton Review named it one of the best schools in the country for journalism majors, according to the school website. NCES reports that Loyola had around 2,600 undergraduate students in 2017, with an acceptance rate of 69%. The school boasts an 11 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, with a faculty of over 400. Loyola offers services at three on-campus churches, as well as an extensive volunteer program, both in the community and overseas.
Mount Saint Mary's University
Mount Saint Mary's had 2,602 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. This Catholic university located in Los Angeles offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in media studies with a concentration in journalism. Being in southern California, students are in close proximity to many large media companies. Previous students have found internships with the likes of MTV, CBS, and Time Warner Cable. Mount Saint Mary's campus ministry offers regular mass services, inter-college networking activities, and a daily holy hour.
Texas Christian University
The Bob Schieffer College of Communication is home to the journalism program at Texas Christian University, located in Fort Worth. Students may major or minor in journalism, while those who are interested in studying the role media plays in society without becoming a journalist can obtain a bachelor's degree in news and media studies. Students have the chance to attend an internship program based in Washington, D.C., a hands-on journalism summer camp, and a fellowship program with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The NCES reports that as of 2017, TCU had 9,011 enrolled undergrads, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1. According to the school website, TCU offers on-campus church services and over 23 religious student organizations across differing denominations.
The spiritual life of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, includes a weekly gospel service, community outreach, overseas mission opportunities, and a weekly student convocation, the largest of its kind in North America. As of 2017, the NCES reports that Liberty University had 45,754 undergraduates and an admission rate of 30%. Students interested in a career in media can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Those who have completed this program have studied topics ranging from graphic design to video production and have gone on to careers with companies such as CNN, NBC, and Bloomberg News.
In 2017, Union University in Jackson, TN, had 2,181 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, per the NCES. The school's website states that Union is one of only eight schools in the country with a high-definition television studio, where students broadcast a daily news show. The school also boasts an award-winning newspaper and a student public relations firm. In the Communication Arts Department students can choose to either major or minor in journalism. Students are welcome to seek spiritual guidance at the Office of University Ministries, attend worship at the chapel, and become Life Group leaders to reach out to new students.