How large are the classes?
It depends. You will take some introductory/overview-type classes (like Communication in Society, Advertising Principles, and Public Relations Principles) that are taught in larger lecture halls. Those classes, while interactive, involve study of principles and theory, not practice in skills needed by mass communication practitioners. When you begin taking those skills classes - everything from writing to editing to graphics to photojournalism - you will never have more than 15 in a class. This allows for maximum interaction with your professor and assures that you will get the individualized help you need as you build the skills you will use throughout your career.
Will I be taught by professors or by graduate students?
Classes are taught either by full-time or part-time faculty. Graduate students do not teach any classes.
Are scholarships available?
If you are an incoming student, you can apply for scholarships through the Scholarships and Financial aid office. We do have a number of scholarships awarded to students who are currently enrolled - scholarships that honor your accomplishments in journalism classes and student media. Students apply for those scholarships every spring semester.
What kind of special accreditation does the school have?
The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. But the School of Journalism has a special accreditation granted by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Of around 500 journalism programs in the United States, only a little more than 100 are accredited. Fewer than 20 of those are at private universities. Accreditation is a rigorous process that examines our curriculum, our faculty, our facilities, our research, our budget, our advising, and many other factors. It is your guarantee that the school is one of the nation’s elite programs.
How many hours does it take to earn a TCU degree?
How many of those hours are in journalism and mass communications?
It depends. Our degree programs in the school range from 34 hours to 41 hours. You cannot take more than 44 of your 124 hours in journalism, however. This assures that you have a broad education in a variety of areas. Of your courses outside journalism, 65 hours must be in traditional liberal arts.
Will I have an advisor in the school?
Every student is assigned a full-time faculty member as an advisor. You are required to meet with that advisor before you register for classes. This assures you that you are taking the courses you really need and are progressing toward a degree.
How can I get my advising questions answered now?
Click on the link listed here for Frequently Asked Advising Questions.
Will there be opportunities to work part-time in the field while I am at TCU?Fort Worth/Dallas is the nation’s fifth-largest media market. There are many opportunities in the area for part-time jobs and internships. And that’s not even counting the student media positions within the school.
How soon after I come to TCU can I get involved in student media?If you bring in specific skills, like photojournalism or page design, you may find yourself with a job during your first semester. But even for students without a high school journalism background, we offer lots of entry-level positions in all media. You’ll have to work your way up from the bottom, but you will be able to "get your foot in the door" with a volunteer job early in your TCU career.