Graduate Communication Programs
The University of Alabama
He [Harvard University President Abraham Flexner] would also have banished all Schools of Journalism and Home Economics, football, correspondence courses, and much else.
-- Kerr ( 1963, p. 5)
Communication programs have not always been embraced by the higher education establishment. In the early years especially, many scholars held condescending attitudes toward professional studies such as journalism. They believed such programs did not belong in the elite reaches of the academy.
Despite initial misgivings, communication programs burgeoned as the discipline matured, with a rate of growth that can only be described as phenomenal. Although the first communication graduate programs appeared less than a century ago, thousands of students are pursuing graduate degrees in various aspects of communication study -- advertising, journalism, broadcast journalism, public relations, organizational communication, speech, rhetoric, radio and television, interpersonal communication, and mass communication, among many