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Houston Journalism Universities and Colleges with Degree Overviews

Sep 15, 2018

The Houston area has a handful of universities that offer journalism degree programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 15 miles of downtown and make an informed education decision.

Houston Schools with Journalism Degree Programs

This article looks at several universities in the Houston area and the degree programs in journalism they offer at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All these schools are less than a 20-minute drive from the Houston city center. Individuals who are looking for a school can benefit from the table of data about each of these institutions, such as school size, acceptance rate and tuition.

  • Just five miles from downtown, the University of Houston offers a bachelor's degree in communication with a concentration in journalism through the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication.
  • Journalism programs at Texas Southern University include a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, minor in journalism and a Master of Arts in Communication with a journalism track. This school is also five miles from downtown.
  • Houston Baptist University, 13 miles from the heart of the city, offers a bachelor's degree program in mass media.

Comparison of Schools

The following table presents information that prospective students should consider as they decide which school is their best option.

University of Houston Texas Southern University Houston Baptist University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 45,364* 10,237* 3,325*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $9,706 in-state; $22,066 out-of-state* $9,173 in-state; $21,623 out-of-state* $31,730*
% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 85%* 94%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 61%* 67%* 69%*
Retention Rate (2017) 85% for full-time students; 61% for part-time students* 57% for full-time students; 29% for part-time students* 72% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 54%* 23%* 48%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

University of Houston

The University of Houston offers students a liberal arts education with a foundation in communication studies. The school's undergraduate degree program can prepare students for careers in the communications field. Outside of classes, students have the opportunity to complete internships to gain professional experience.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Students who major in communication can concentrate on journalism and choose between the print and broadcast media sequences. The journalism concentration informs students about the political, social and cultural influences that media has on society. Along with learning how the media functions, students can sharpen writing, reporting and editing skills. Some of the course options include public speaking, photojournalism, production and media management. There is also an emphasis on journalism ethics and its role in the industry.

Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University offers an undergraduate and a graduate degree program in journalism. Degree programs are designed to prepare students for careers in the media through classes that cover writing, reporting and editing. The university also allows undergraduate students to take part in internships to gain course credit and professional experience. Along with degree programs, the university provides networking opportunities through communication and journalism clubs.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

As journalism majors, students can concentrate in print journalism, broadcast journalism or advertising and public relations. Much of the degree program focuses on teaching students the skills needed for a career in journalism. In addition, students can take classes focused on journalism ethics, publishing, advertising and media studies. Courses also focus on research and communication theory. Students have the opportunity to use computer software and technology used in the communications field.

Master of Arts in Communication

Within the communication graduate degree program, students can select a journalism track. It's common to take classes that cover media management, the literature of journalism and international communication. The program also explores the role of journalism and mass communication in politics and society from the local to the international level. Students can develop an understanding of how newsrooms work and the integration of technology in journalism. Students choose between a thesis and a non-thesis option.

Houston Baptist University

Unlike the two other schools, Houston Baptist University offers an undergraduate degree that combines journalism and mass communication. The degree is meant to prepare students for a range of careers that involve communications. Options might include public relations, advertising or news writing. There is also an honors program for high-achieving students who seek additional academic challenges.

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts

Students in this four-year degree program will take courses in areas like storytelling, communication theory and film/video production. Journalism and creative writing classes are also included. Professional internships will be offered with media organizations. A professional portfolio will be required for degree completion.

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