USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

With the opening of its state-of-the-art Wallis Annenberg Hall in 2014, USC Annenberg significantly enhances its already leading position in international journalistic and communications studies. The university is situated in the heart of Los Angeles – one of most diverse and dynamic cities in the US, in terms of its people, places and geography.

Journalism is a rapidly evolving and increasingly interdisciplinary field. Today’s leaders must be adept in multiple streams of communication, including digital, print, radio, and broadcast media. USC Annenberg responds with cutting-edge curriculum, seasoned instructors with professional experience and world-class facilities. The skills you hone here can be leveraged to encourage civic engagement, advance justice and promote dialogue on the international stage.


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The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is part of the University of Southern California. Students at this innovative institution work under top professionals including winners of awards such as Pulitzer Prizes and Emmys for their work in journalism. The curriculum includes vital elements of journalism, communication, public relations and diplomacy and is enriched through a variety of state-of-the-art centers and research centers. The school’s large number of multi-platform student-run media entities are legendary, from Neon Tommy to Annenberg Radio News to Impact to Annenberg TV News and many others.

These are among the main programs available at USC Annenberg:

Undergraduate programs

Communication (B.A.)

USC Annenberg is poised on the cutting edge of communication technology, and students benefit from exciting research opportunities through world-renown research centers. The curriculum requires six courses in communications-related categories, along with coursework in writing, foreign language and diversity.


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Journalism (B.A.)

This program champions the importance of multimedia storytelling in 21st-century journalism. Degrees are offered in one of two areas: Print and Digital Journalism, or Broadcast and Digital Journalism.

Public Relations (B.A.)

PR has evolved into a high-powered and lucrative field, and it hinges on the art of communication. This is a fast-growing field, and graduates go on to work for Fortune 500 companies as well as government and non-governmental agencies. Students become strong communicators, accomplished writers and strategic thinkers.


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Post-graduate programs

USC Annenberg is rolling out a new Journalism (M.S.) program for the 2014-2015 academic year. This new offering coincides with the opening of the new Wallis Annenberg Hall and will usher in a new era in journalism by deconstructing the traditional boundaries between print, broadcast and online journalism. The program takes nine months to complete and features an optional summer media internship.

There are several other Master’s Degree programs offered under the School for Communication and Journalism. These include courses in Communication Management, Strategic Public Relations, Global Communication, Public Diplomacy, Specialized Journalism and Arts Journalism.


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Doctoral programs

Ph.D. students at USC Annenberg are leading the way in the 21st-century communications. Graduates are readied to take on research or careers in academia, and they are equipped with extensive knowledge of media institutions, communications processes and their impact on society. These doctoral programs offer distinct specialization tracks.


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