School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Old Main Building Room 102
T: 512.245.2656 F: 512.245.7649
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers many opportunities for media professionals, academic researchers, educators, and recent graduates to expand their education and training within the mass communication field. The courses offered cultivate strong research, analytical, and multimedia skills that prove advantageous to the media professionals as well as to those interested in continuing their education at the doctoral level. Students will broaden their understanding of communication theories and current research and will be prepared for doctoral studies in journalism, mass communication, or related fields. The School also develops students’ critical thinking abilities and practical skills that will enable them to take up media-related positions in the changing global and interactive media environment. It also enables students whose undergraduate major may not have been mass communication to gain a skills and theory base for mass communication careers. The School houses the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets which promotes research, conferences, forums, and other activities to enhance the understanding of issues related to the growing Latino media and markets at the national and international levels.
The varied expertise of faculty and diverse backgrounds of both faculty and students provide a healthy learning environment in which participants learn through interaction and discussion. Courses offered in the program address a variety of cutting-edge topics such as online and social media as well as traditional topics such as mass communication theory and research methods. In addition, students select courses from outside the school to supplement their studies.
Our academic curriculum is designed for students who want to learn cutting-edge communication skills and to develop a lifelong commitment to the responsibilities and privileges of being mass communicators in a high-tech, multicultural, global society. The School's faculty offices, classrooms, high-tech media labs, and administrative offices are located in historic Old Main, situated atop Chautauqua hill and overlooking the Texas State campus and the city of San Marcos.
Students who come to study with us have plenty of opportunities to experience hands-on what it's like to work in media professions. Our school provides professional student-operated media to the campus and community, including The University Star newspaper; KTSW-FM, a 10,500 watt radio station; Bobcat Update, a twice weekly newscast airing on local cable; and Bobcat PRomotions, a student public relations agency serving clients on and off campus.
Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. Students can be involved in extra-curricular activities through SJMC-sponsored chapters of the American Advertising Federation, National Broadcasting Society, Society of Professional Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, and other groups.
Our students are excellent scholars and competitors in state, regional, and national competitions. The University Star newspaper received seven awards in 2014 from the Society of Professional Journalists organization.
Students from the school hold internships at major media outlets in Texas and throughout the nation, including positions with Scripps Howard, Dow Jones, Chips Quinn, and others.
The faculty and student body are richly diverse — 21% of all students are Hispanic — and faculty members hail from Puerto Rico, India and South Korea. Faculty members are productive scholars who present papers and actively participate in regional, national and international conferences. Two Fulbright scholars are members of the school's faculty, and the school is a recipient of a Ford Foundation grant to develop a Latino Media and Markets Program.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State is accredited by ACEJMC – a designation earned through excellence and commitment to high standards in professional journalism and mass communication education and earned by only 20% of JMC programs in the country. We have more than 1,700 majors enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs — which makes the program one of the largest journalism and mass communication programs in the state of Texas — and the nation.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Baldwin, Patricia Cafferty, Lecturer, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of North Texas
Ehmer, Emily Ann, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
England, Michael T, Associate Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Grimes, Thomas, Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
Higgins Joyce, Vanessa D, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Kaufhold, William Thomas, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
McBride, Michael H, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ed.D., Texas Tech University
Muk, Alexander Y, Associate Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Univ of Southern Mississippi
Ngondo, Prisca Sibongile, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Niekamp, Raymond, Associate Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Penn State University Park
Nolan, David S, Associate Professor of Practice, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Texas State University
Oskam, Judith B, School Director - Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
Peirce-Burleson, Katherine Louise, Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Rao, Sandhya, Assistant Dean, The Graduate College and Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Royal, Cindy L, Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Weill, Susan, Associate Professor, Journalism & Mass Comm, Ph.D., Univ of Southern Mississippi