Goals: The MS program in science and technology
journalism at Texas A&M University is designed mainly to
prepare students for careers as writers and editors specializing in
the communication of science, technology, and medicine. It
also can serve as background for related careers and as preparation
for doctoral study.
History: In 1996, Texas A&M University,
long known for its strength in science and technology, implemented
its MS program in science and technology journalism. The
program moved from the College of Liberal Arts to the College of
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2006.
Philosophy: The program seeks to prepare
graduates solidly grounded in both science journalism and
science. Thus, each student completes graduate courses in
both realms. Each student's choice of courses is geared to his or
her interests and goals.
Degree Options: Students choose between an
internship track and a thesis track. Examples of past
internship sites include Sky & Telescope magazine, the
National Cancer Institute, the American Chemical Society, Argonne
National Laboratory, NOVA, and a variety of units on campus.
Thesis topics have included science reporting in Ghana and best
practices of journalists winning awards for mental-health
Courses: All students in the program take the
core courses Issues in Science and Technology Journalism, Research
Methods in Science and Technology Journalism, and Reporting Science
and Technology. They also take other journalism courses of
their choice. Students choose from a wide range of science
courses from throughout the university. In addition, they can
take courses in related realms such as history of science.
Eligibility: Individuals with undergraduate
degrees in journalism, science, and other areas are eligible for
the program. Many entering students have previous graduate or
Graduates: Graduates have gone on to a variety
of positions in science communication. Examples include
associate editor of Science News, news editor of the
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, editor of
StarDate magazine, health reporter for the Nashville
Tennessean, Washington correspondent for JAMA: The
Journal of the American Medical Association, science writer at
the University of Georgia news service, associate editor at the
Texas A&M University Press, communications specialist for the
Texas Agricultural Extension Service, and communications
coordinator for the office of the Texas A&M vice president for
research. Some graduates have pursued PhD degrees.
further information, please contact program coordinator, Dr.
Barbara Gastel (979-845-6887, firstname.lastname@example.org)
or see vetmed.tamu.edu/vibs/stjr.