Become a journalism major at TCU

Calling all incoming students, pre-majors and others


We have embarked on a journey at Schieffer School into the expanding world of real-time, 24-7 digital news.


Our curriculum has been expanded to provide for a solid foundation in journalism concepts and skills and the ability to specialize in content creation across a variety of media platforms.  
The major in Journalism at Schieffer School also includes intensive reporting instruction and courses that take students on “deep dives” into specific coverage areas such as sports, public affairs and business journalism. Long-form and investigative journalism is covered as well. 


Founded in 1927, the Schieffer School is one of the oldest journalism schools in the country. Full accreditation means the highest academic standards among journalism programs. TCU was the first private institution to receive accreditation in journalism.
All of our professors have professional experience in addition to their academic credentials.  Full professors teach some of our first-year and sophomore classes.  Graduate students are not instructors of record for any of our undergraduate courses. Our student-teacher ratio is 14 to 1.




After completing a core of journalism classes that teaches the essential skills and promotes critical thinking, students may receive certificates in broadcast, news-editorial or online journalism.  We intend to offer certifications in business journalism and sports journalism next year.  We are adding a Sportscast class to our existing Newscast course.
All journalism majors complete the Multi-Platform Capstone as seniors, a semester-long individually tailored news project that involves major under-covered news issues or ongoing news stories on and off campus.


Experiential learning has top priority at the Schieffer School.  Reporting classes have assignments in TCU media and also partner with local professional media, such as ESPN.com/Dallas.  We focus on internships as well, the top program being full-time internships and courses of study in Washington, D.C. 


All students leave with the ability to succeed in a deadline-driven environment.  We employ the teacher-scholar model, placing major emphasis on student instruction. TCU is located in the 5th-largest media market in the country, perfect for hands-on study and exposure to major news operations.


TCU 360 is the digital-first nerve center of TCU-related student newsgathering, available online via computer, smartphone and tablet.  All students involved with campus news coverage are part of the TCU 360 staff.  Student leaders decide what stories to cover and publish, with the assistance and advice of faculty mentors.   Students also produce:



All these opportunities in and outside of class propel students toward rewarding careers in journalism and other communication-related fields. Students build portfolios, make contacts and earn special recognition through degree plans so they have basic attributes of a journalist, can pursue their craft with a foundation in ethics, and also may distinguish themselves with more specialized skills and knowledge of the subjects they cover.
For more information about the journalism major at the Schieffer School, call the Schieffer School office at 817-257-7425 or e-mail schiefferschool@tcu.edu.