Journalism has its roots in a time before writing. Storytellers were once the news broadcasters of the day, and they published their work in spoken words, gestures or drawings on stone.The birth of modern journalism began around 1400 A.D. in Italy and Germany. Hand-written newsletters recording current events were passed between business people of the day.

The first modern newspaper took two hundred more years to arrive on the scene. It was printed in Strasbourg, Germany, around 1600, and it had the rather confident title, “Collection of all distinguished and memorable news.”

And while we don’t claim to provide you with ALL distinguished and memorable news, at Texarkana College, we can give you a broad field of journalistic knowledge.

We give you the opportunity to learn real-world skills to launch your career in journalism. From the fundamentals of print and layout to research and writing skills to professional conduct and responsibility, we build your skills from the ground up.

We also give you practical, hands-on experience and a chance to build your portfolio by working with an award winning publication, the Texarkana College News.

TC also partners with the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and the Texas Community College Journalism Association. We give you new opportunities for learning, competition, and understanding of the evolving world of journalism in the face of media convergence.

From background to skills to publication, TC can take your talent for journalism and help you write a bright new chapter in your life.

A background in journalism could lead to many advanced fields of study or careers in areas such as:

  • Advertising Media, Promotions, Marketing, and Sales
  • Broadcast News
  • Freelance Writing / Journalism / Copywriting
  • Investigative / News Correspondent Reporting
  • Magazine Writing and Editing
  • New Media and Digital News Publishing
  • Newspaper Reporting, Editing and Management
  • Newspaper and Magazine Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Social and Digital Media Marketing

Associate of Arts – Concentration in Journalism / Mass Communications

The following is a suggested course of study which will satisfy the requirements for the Associate of Arts degree at Texarkana College.

Freshman Year

First Semester Hours
ENGL 1301 (core)
Composition I
HIST 1301 (core)
United States History I
EDUC/PSYC 1300 (core)
Learning Framework
MATH 1332 (core)
Math for Liberal Arts
COMM 2311
Media Writing
Total 15
Second Semester Hours
ENGL 1302 or ENGL 2311 (core)
Composition II or Technical & Business Writing
HIST 1302 (core)
United States History II
SPCH 1315 (core)
Public Speaking
COMM 1307 (core)
Introduction to Mass Communications
COMM 2315
News Reporting

Sophomore Year

First Semester Hours
Language, Philosophy, & Culture (any core course) 3
BIOL 1308 (core)
Biology for Non-Science Majors I
COMM 2305
Editing & Layout
GOVT 2305 (core)
Federal Government
Creative Arts (any core course) 3
Total 15
Second Semester Hours
GOVT 2306 (core)Texas Government 3
BIOL 1309 (core)
Biology for Non-Science Majors II
COMM 1318
Introduction to Photography
COMM 1335
Introduction to Electronic Media
COMM 2327
Introduction to Advertising
Journalism/Mass Communications AA Total

To learn more, please contact us.

Laronda Bailey
Associate Professor, English & Journalism
(903) 823-3368
Dr. Mary Ellen Young
Dean of Liberal & Performing Arts