Other well-known programs have also faced waning
enrollment numbers in the last few years. According to a University of Missouri
enrollment report, freshman enrollment in the school’s journalism track dropped
nearly 20 percent from 2015 to 2016. The freshman class isn’t the only class
affected either. According to their most recent enrollment summary, overall
undergraduate enrollment in the department is also down. When you combine
freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors, the total loss in enrollment between
2015 and 2016 dropped over 30 percent.
However, it’s important to note that there hasn’t bad
news for journalism departments everywhere. Several journalism programs have
been growing, and a few schools have even added journalism courses that had
never offered them before or have not offered them for decades. For example,
mostly due to the high level of student interest, the University of
California-Berkeley recently began holding undergraduate journalism courses
again—an offering which hasn’t existed for almost 30 years.