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Top Ten Universities for Broadcasting Communications

The top schools in broadcasting communications have programs that are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Read on for a list of ten top-ranked broadcasting communications universities in the U.S.

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Top Schools for Broadcasting Communications

1. Syracuse University in New York

The Princeton Review listed Syracuse University as a 2011 'Best Northeastern College.' Since its founding in 1870, this top university has grown to house 12 schools and colleges, including the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. At this school, communications students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) in Broadcast Journalism. Broadcasting communications majors take classes in writing, research, production, media editing and broadcast reporting. Additionally, undergraduate and graduate students can participate in professional work experiences with affiliated broadcasting agencies or work with the university's television and radio broadcasting stations.

2. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

In 2011, this top public university was listed as the 47th best college in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Graduates from this college have gone on to win the acclaimed Peabody Award for broadcasting, as well as work for such high-profile broadcasting communications organizations as ABC and MSNBC. Through the College of Media, individuals interested in broadcasting communications can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Journalism with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. Communications majors can gain practical skills by working on the school's public television or radio stations.

3. University of Southern California in Los Angeles

The University of Southern California is a large private college that was ranked as the 23rd best national university in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2011. Its Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism offers degrees at various levels, including a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in seven different fields, including communication management and global communication and journalism. Several dual degrees in communication are available, such as the dual communication/law degree. The Annenberg School also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with seven different concentrations, including global and transnational communication, health communication and social dynamics, and new media and technology. There are many opportunities for students to pursue hands-on broadcast communication experiences, such as the Annenberg TV News program and the Annenberg Radio News.

List of Ten Good Colleges and Universities for Broadcasting Communications

Name of School Distinction Location
Boston College Offers internship program in Los Angeles Boston, MA
Marquette University The J. William and Mary Diederich 4-year full scholarship for communications students Milwaukee, WI
Syracuse University First school in the U.S. to offer a radio course Syracuse, NY
University of Colorado - Boulder The Digital Media Test Kitchen where students research and test media techniques Boulder, CO
University of Georgia College where the Peabody Awards for electronic media are based Athens, GA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Illinois Institute of Communications Research Urbana, IL
University of Miami The Communication Honors Program Coral Gables, FL
University of Missouri First journalism school in the world Columbia, MO
University of Southern California The Communication Management/Jewish Communal Service dual degree Los Angeles, CA
Winthrop University The Integrated Marketing Communication program Rock Hill, SC
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