Las Vegas Broadcasting Colleges with Degree Descriptions

The Las Vegas area has two schools that offer broadcasting-related degrees within roughly five miles of downtown. To find out which one is right for you, explore the program options and requirements at these colleges.

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Broadcasting Programs in Las Vegas

Students looking to earn a broadcasting degree in the Las Vegas area have limited options, but there are relevant programs at a couple of nearby schools. This article gives an overview of the required courses and learning opportunities at the two colleges. It also includes a school stats table that allows for easy comparison of the institutions in multiple areas.

  • The University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV), located about three miles from the city's center, is the largest school in the area, with more than 220 degree programs and 250 student organizations. UNLV awards bachelor's and master's degrees through the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies. The undergraduate program allows students to concentrate their studies in broadcast journalism.
  • Another option is the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), which is located around seven miles from downtown Las Vegas and operates several campuses throughout the region. The school offers an associate's degree with a focus on convergent journalism.

University of Nevada - Las Vegas College of Southern Nevada
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 28,515* 35,943*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $6,943 in-state and $20,853 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$5,500 in-state and $19,410 out-of-state (graduate)*
$2,805 in-state and $9,450 out-of-state*
% of Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 88%* 72%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2014) 87%* N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 77% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students* N/A
Graduation Rate (2014) 39%* 9% (15% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

The University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public research university. The Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, a unit of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, offers bachelor's and master's degrees. The Greenspun College has its own broadcasting center with television and radio studios, editing facilities, and writing laboratories to provide students with hands-on broadcast experience.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies

The bachelor's degree program allows students to concentrate in print journalism, broadcast journalism, media studies, or integrated marketing communication. To qualify for this program, students must have received at least a B in all required journalism and media studies classes. Students take courses in critical media analysis, news reporting, radio, news media, broadcast writing, journalistic writing, communications research, and photojournalism. All students in this major complete a minor in a field of their choice; an internship is required as well.

Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies

Course topics in this master's degree program include journalism and media theory, journalism history, social influences of media, free speech theory, and media politics. Students can complete the program by either writing a thesis based on original research (the thesis track) or by completing coursework and a comprehensive examination (the examination track).

College of Southern Nevada

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is a public college that awards mainly associate's degrees. It's one of the largest public institutions in the state, with six academic schools offering more than 150 degree and certificate programs on three campuses across four counties. The School of Arts & Letters offers an Associate of Arts degree through the Department of Communication, which is located at CSN's Charleston campus in Las Vegas.

Associate of Arts in Journalism & Media Studies Emphasis

The Convergent Journalism track in the Journalism and Media program trains students in all forms of media. Courses cover radio, television, and electronic media production, as well as critical media analysis and news reporting. Students graduate with an understanding of journalistic writing and research processes for all forms of mass media. All students must complete internships in communications before graduating. A concentration in integrated marketing communication is also available.

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