CollegeCrunch.com has identified 20 top media/communications schools from around the United States. Top media programs typically have either a separate school of study dedicated specifically to media education, or a well regarded, well funded department with a faculty of esteemed professors. Many schools also offer individual concentrations within the media field, such as radio, print media, and entertainment studies.
Number 10: MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's innovative Comparative Media Studies program professes its goal of seeking to prepare students for "jobs that don't yet exist" by remaining at the forefront of industrial and technological developments.
Comparative Media Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave., Building E15-331
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Number 9: UMass Amherst
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has a Department of Communications which is part of the larger College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Bachelor's through doctorate degrees are offered. Potential tracks include media effects and mass communication, social interaction, intercultural and global communication, film studies, critical/cultural studies, rhetoric and performance studies, technology studies, and media policy institutions.
Communication Department, Machmer Hall
University of Massachusetts
240 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9278
Number 8: Cal State Northridge
California State University at Northridge's Department of Communications focuses on five specialities: communication theory, rhetorical studies, cultural studies, language behaviour, and performance studies. Unique aspects include a diverse service-learning program.
Department of Communication Studies
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8257
Manzanita Hall Rm 220
Number 7: UNC Charlotte
Continuing the trend of strong state schools, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Department of Communications also has five main focuses: organizational communication, health communication, mass media, and public relations/public advocacy. The school offers several competitive scholarships and assistant opportunities.
Department of Communication Studies
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Number 6: University of Kansas
The Department of Communications studies at the University of Kansas is one of the world's largest media-based programs, and is one of Kansas' hallmark departments. The program is based in a traditional understanding of communications as a crucial part of liberal arts study.
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 102
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7574
Number 5: Pepperdine University
The Seaver College Communication Division at Pepperdine is known for its academic, historical-context approach to communications, forging a degree program with a theoretical understanding of the subject.
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4211
Number 4: UMichigan Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor's Communication Studies identifies its studies as unique for their focus on the shaping abilities of media, in everyday life and in global politics and justice as well.
1225 S. University Ave.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2523
Number 3: UNC Chapel Hill
The largest and most notable of the University of North Carolina's campuses, Chapel Hill's Communications Department focuses on the role of communications in creating the world as it is today, and seeks to create professionals dedicated to intelligent and thoughtful consideration of modern issues.
CB# 3285, 115 Bingham Hall
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3285
Number 2: Syracuse University
Syracuse's Newhouse School of Communications is one of the most diverse media programs in the nation. Primary focuses include advertising and public relations, visual communications, television and film production, online journalism, print media, and broadcast journalism.
215 University Place
Syracuse NY 13244-2100
Number 1: UPenn
The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication is at the forefront of media education. Its program maintains a highly academic focus on research, policy, and theoretical understanding. The department's five centres are the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research, the Institute for Public Service, and the Center for Global Communication Studies.
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104