The Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Journalism Education


Lee B. Becker, George Daniels, Jisu Huh and Tudor Vlad


Though they granted only 6.9% of the total undergraduate degrees in journalism and mass communication in academic year 2000-2001, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the members of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities granted 31.4% of the degrees to African-Americans and 31.1% of the degrees to Hispanics.

The HBCU and HACU institutions granted 3.2% of the master's degrees in journalism and mass communication in 2000-2001, but they granted 12.2% of the master's degrees granted to African-Americans and 13.6% of the degrees granted to Hispanics.

At the doctoral level, the three HBCU and HACU institutions that granted doctoral degrees granted 47.1% of the doctoral degrees to Black students and 40.0% of the degrees to Hispanic students, though they granted only 14.1% of the total number of doctoral degrees in journalism and mass communication.

While about three-quarters of the graduates of journalism and mass communication undergraduate programs are White non-Hispanics, this ratio would increase to eight in 10 if the HBCU and the HACU programs were not offering journalism and mass communication programs. This is true at a time when only seven in 10 of Americans are White non-Hispanics.

African-American students who attend HBCU institutions and Hispanic students who attend HACU institutions have more difficulty landing full-time jobs in the field of communication upon graduation than do African-American and Hispanic students attending institutions not part of the HBCU or HACU categories.

Becker, L. B., Daniels, G. L., Huh, J., and Vlad, T. (2002, August). The role of historically black colleges and universities and hispanic-serving institutions in journalism education. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Miami, FL.

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