Greetings! I am Tom Weir, interim director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Our school was established in 1923 and enjoys a rich history of preparing our students for leadership and excellence in the ever-changing landscape that is mass communications. I am humbled and honored to lead our faculty and students ever onward as we embrace new challenges and seize new opportunities.
Our school has been nationally accredited for over fifty years and our curriculum remains a blend of liberal arts education and practical skills training. As always, the ingredients in that blend shift as needs and priorities evolve. With this eye toward continual improvement in education and professional preparation, our faculty has recently completed a comprehensive curriculum revision. Beginning this fall our students will benefit from increased opportunities in skills courses, more online options, and fewer overall hours toward degree completion.
Classroom preparation remains but one piece of the puzzle. Opportunities beyond the classroom — including internships, part-time jobs, community service, campus leadership, research and study abroad — have become expected as students seek to maximize their college experiences.
Our faculty and student services staff continue to do an amazing job assisting students to reach their goals. Our percentage of freshman students returning to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications as sophomores is among the highest at the university. These numbers demonstrate the personal attention and commitment extended to every student.
Finally, we are delighted to announce our move into a newly renovated state-of-the-art facility in the heart of the USC campus next fall. Our teaching, learning, and research space will be doubled in an inviting and exciting 21st century communications environment. This new physical environment, coupled with an outstanding curriculum, exceptional beyond the classroom experiences, and a top-notch faculty and staff will prepare each student to meet professional and personal goals, both those we know of and those yet to be imagined. I cannot imagine a better time to welcome students to learn, grow and prepare for promising futures than right now in the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications.