Atlanta Journalism Universities with Course and Program Summaries

Jan 08, 2019

The Atlanta area has only a few universities that offer journalism degrees. To make an informed education decision, learn about the program options and requirements at two schools located within 45 miles of the city's center.

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Journalism Schools in Atlanta

The two schools featured here are both within an hour's drive of downtown Atlanta and offer undergraduate-level programs in journalism or related majors. Read about the internship opportunities and required coursework at these universities below. Take a few moments to also review a table of school facts and figures, as well some details on two additional program options in the area.

  • Georgia State University, located in downtown Atlanta, is the largest university in the area offering journalism programs. Students can study journalism at the bachelor's degree level at this public state school.
  • The University of West Georgia is around 43 miles from central Atlanta. It does not offer a major in journalism. Rather, the school allows students to major in mass communications and concentrate on convergence journalism.

Comparison of Schools

The profiled schools are in different settings and have varying student enrollment numbers and tuition rates, which could have an effect on your college experience. Take a look at the table below for more info.

Georgia State University University of West Georgia
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 32,816* 13,520*
Campus Setting Large city Fringe town
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $9,112 in-state; $23,971 out-of-state* $6,226 in-state; $17,010 out-of-state*
% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 94%* 94%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 70%* 59%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 83% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students* 72% for full-time students; 39% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began studies in Fall 2011) 53% (15% transfer out)* 40% (23% transfer out)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Georgia State University

The Department of Communication at Georgia State University offers a degree program that can provide students with an overall understanding of journalism, including the role of journalism in society and politics. The school is home to highly accomplished faculty, and is situated near television stations, production companies and other media and communication centers. The school offers an honors program that provides academically motivated journalism students the opportunity to take part in research studies and special workshops. Georgia State University regularly hosts conferences, workshops and training for students and faculty to connect with leading journalists and scholars.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

The undergraduate degree program allows students to concentrate on print journalism, public relations or telecommunications. Classes are designed to prepare students for careers in journalism, whether it's in magazines, television or public relations. Courses cover public speaking, media writing, media theory and communication law. There's also an opportunity for students to take part in internships to gain course credit and professional experience. Georgia State University also offers a minor in journalism for students who want to major in another discipline, but who are also interested in developing an understanding of journalism.

University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia offers students a broad overview of media through the mass communications major. Students can learn about all aspects of the discipline, including journalism and public relations. The university also sponsors events, such as Media Day, to connect students to communications specialists and journalists and provide information about the changing media landscape. There's also the option for students to take part in internships to gain professional experience.

Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications - Convergence Journalism Concentration

The undergraduate degree program includes a concentration in convergence journalism, which can prepare students for careers in the media. Classes cover public speaking, writing and reporting. Students can also take specialized courses covering broadcast news writing, photojournalism and media law. Along with classes, students can take part in student media operations, which include a newspaper, Internet radio station and television network.

Other School Options

The number of additional journalism schools in the Atlanta area is limited. However, students can enroll at Morehouse College, which is about two miles away from downtown Atlanta. The school does not offer a journalism degree, but students can declare a journalism and sports concentration within the English major. And Kennesaw State University, about 22 miles from Atlanta, has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Emerging Media program.

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