The following is the result of my research for trends in enrollment in
"Journalism has enjoyed increased popularity as a major at colleges
nationwide. The Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communication
Enrollments released a report in August 2003 documenting
"unprecedented" enrollment numbers in journalism and mass
The report showed that 190,934 undergraduate students were in
journalism and mass communication programs across the country in fall
2003, an increase of almost 5 percent from the year before. In the
past decade, the number of journalism and mass communication students
rose nearly 50 percent.
Charles Higginson, assistant to the executive director of the
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication,
said there have been "definite increases" in journalism enrollment."
Journalism interest increases - Published: 1/27/2005
GW Hatchet Hatchet
"The number of undergraduates studying in journalism and mass
communication programs in the United States increased by almost 5% in
academic year 2003-2004, continuing a trend of growth in enrollments
going back to 1993. In the autumn of 2003, 190,934 undergraduate
students were studying journalism and mass communication across the
country, compared with 128,367 in 1993, representing a growth over the
10-year period of nearly 50%.
Enrollments increased at the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior levels,
though the level of growth at the freshman level was more modest than
at the other levels. This could signal a softening of enrollments in
the future, though freshman enrollments can easily be offset by
transfers. Certainly growth in undergraduate enrollments can be
expected in the next several years.
The enrollments in journalism and mass communication programs mirror
those at the university as a whole. Journalism and mass communication
programs seem to be holding their own in competition with other majors
Enrollments in journalism and mass communication master?s degree
programs in the United States also increased in the autumn of 2003,
resulting in the largest enrollments ever in the field. An estimated
11,703 graduate students enrolled in master?s degree programs, 7.0%
higher than in academic year 2002-2003. The number of programs
increased to 189. A year earlier, there were 10 fewer programs.
Enrollment in doctoral programs within journalism and mass
communication programs also increased in the autumn of 2003 to 1,512,
an increase of 12.4% from a year earlier. The number of programs
increased by 2 to 43."
2003-2004 Enrollment Report: Growth in Field Keeps up with Trend
Grady College at The University of Georgia
"Enrollment in mass media classes has increased significantly in
recent years after suffering dips in the 1990s. The Cox Center, which
monitors numbers, reported that there were 182,218 undergraduate
students in journalism and mass communications in the U.S. in 2002-03,
when the latest figures were compiled. That represents a 6 percent
increase over the previous year.
Graduate levels saw even greater growth rates: The number of master's
degree students leaped 20.8 percent, and doctoral students grew 13.4
Colleges scramble to keep pace with changing media - Published June 20, 2004
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