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The Big Gorilla’s in college journalism (column: WJI Times Observer)

WJI Times Observer

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February 2003

The latest journalism department enrollment report from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia is always an interesting read for us at the institute.

This detailed survey (of 466 college programs) is conducted by Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Jisu Huh and George L. Daniels.

It is particularly interesting to look at the self-described evangelical college departments of mass communications.  Although the print component is usually a very small part of the mass comm. department, the survey does give some indication of who the major players are in Christian journalism training. According to my reading, there are 28 journalism departments from self-defined evangelical colleges listed in the survey. These schools are to be commended because they treat journalism seriously enough to qualify for the questionnaire (i.e., a college must offer at least 10 courses in news-editorial journalism).

The Big 5 Christian college departments of mass communication bachelor enrollments pretty much remain the same as in years past, with Liberty University having the largest (349), followed by Azusa Pacific University (334), Baylor University (319), Calvin College (307),  and Point Loma Nazarene University (295). I noticed that several prominent evangelical colleges are not surveyed:  Gordon College, Westmont College, Wheaton College or Taylor University (it was last year). The evangelical college graduating the highest number of bachelor degrees is Point Loma Nazarene (65).  There are only three Christian colleges offering graduate degrees in journalism:  Baylor University, Abilene Christian University and the largest program, Regent University.

Of the schools reporting gender enrollments (half the schools), about 65 percent of the journalism students are female and 35 percent are male. The institute’s percentage is approximately the same.

The big gorillas in journalism training are Penn State University (3,231), University of Florida (3,118), Middle Tennessee State University (2,888), California State University–Fullerton (2,324), and University of Central Florida (2269).

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