In Texas, broadcasting programs are often found as a concentration within a communication or journalism degree program. These programs most often award an associate's or bachelor's degree, and they're offered by both 2- and 4-year schools. In addition, programs may offer specializations such as TV or radio broadcasting.
Coursework usually varies, based on the specific focus of the program, though all include some element of broadcasting production. Aside from coursework, students often have the opportunity to gain experience through internships and on-campus labs and production facilities. Below are overviews of 10 of the largest public and private not-for-profit schools in Texas offering programs in broadcasting.
Austin Community College
Located in Austin, this college offers an Associate of Arts degree program in radio, television and film, as well as certificates in television production technology and production management. Students may participate in production labs and internships related to broadcasting technology. The broadcasting-related courses include topics in TV production, directing, TV announcing and writing.
El Paso Community College
This 2-year college in El Paso offers an Associate of Arts in Communication program with a specialization in radio and TV broadcasting. The degree requires 60-65 credit hours for completion. In addition to completing general education courses, students take classes in audio production, film and mass media.
South Plains College
Levelland is home to this 2-year college that offers an Associate of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. Coursework includes television production, news writing, TV announcing, news gathering and reporting. This program is designed to transfer to a 4-year school where graduates can complete a bachelor's degree in this field.
Texas Christian University
Located in Fort Worth, this university offers several broadcasting-related programs through its College of Communications. Students may complete a minor or major in the field of film and television, and they take courses in broadcasting, production and film history. The school also offers a sports broadcasting bachelor's degree program that includes topics in radio broadcasting, sports documentary and sports production.
Texas State University
The San Marcos campus of Texas State University offers a bachelor's degree program in electronic media. Students on this track must first complete 12 credit hours of core classes like mass media writing. Specialization courses include video production, television news and electronic media writing. Students can receive practical experience by participating in the student-run newspaper, radio and television station.
Texas Tech University
Lubbock's Texas Tech University offers a bachelor's degree program in journalism with a concentration in broadcast journalism. Core classes within the concentration cover topics in newswriting, reporting, news delivery and media law. Students are required to complete a minor in an area of their choosing, such as business, economics or sociology. Internships are also available at local TV and radio stations. Graduates of the program have been employed as news anchors, radio hosts and editors.
University of Houston
Located in Houston, this university offers a communication degree program with concentrations in journalism and media production. The journalism concentration includes a broadcasting track that includes courses in television production, broadcast writing, electronic news, investigative reporting and digital media editing. Students in the media production track learn how to put together videos, pictures and audio content though courses in TV pre-production, audio production and non-linear editing.
University of North Texas
The University of North Texas is found in Denton, and it offers three bachelor's degree programs that are relevant to the field of broadcasting. The converged broadcast media program teaches students about Internet news, documentaries and television newswriting. The bachelor's degree in radio, television and film includes courses in broadcasting production. The final program is in general journalism, and it offers concentrations in news reporting or strategic communication.
In addition to completing coursework, students may participate in internships and competitions. Faculty members of the journalism department have won prestigious awards in broadcasting and journalism, including DuPont Columbia Awards, Walter Cronkite Awards and Peabody Awards.
University of Texas - Arlington
The Arlington campus of this university provides a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in broadcasting. After completing the general requirements for the communication core, students must complete a total of 39 credit hours of courses that include broadcast announcing, radio production and mass media writing.
University of Texas - Austin
The main campus of the University of Texas is located in Austin. The college offers a bachelor's degree program with several classes available in broadcast journalism. Students need to complete 120 credits, and they may learn about broadcast newswriting and television production. The university also houses labs and broadcast studios.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Broadcast Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Austin Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Arts in Radio, Television and Film|| $2,550 (in-district)
|El Paso Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Arts in Communication (Concentration in Radio and TV Broadcasting)|| $3,010 (in-state)
|South Plains College||2-year, public; distant town||Associate of Arts in Broadcast Journalism||$2,240 (in-district)
|Texas Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Minor in Film and Media Studies,
Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television and Digital Media,
Bachelor of Arts in Sports Broadcasting
|Texas State University||4-year, public; small suburb||Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media and Communications|| $10,280 (in-state)
|Texas Tech University||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Concentration in Broadcast Journalism)|| $9,080 (in-state)
|University of Houston||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Concentration in Journalism or Media Production)|| $8,913 (in-state)
|University of North Texas||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Arts in Converged Broadcast Media,
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism,
Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film
| $10,852 (in-state)
|University of Texas - Arlington||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Concentration in Broadcasting)|| $10,496 (in-state)
|University of Texas - Austin||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Journalism|| $10,610 (in-state)
Source: *NCES College Navigator