About SMC

History of the School

The history of communications degrees offered at Temple reads like a history of the communications field in general. Since the founding of the Journalism Department in 1927, the structure and curriculum of the communications program have been evolving to meet the demands and expectations of a changing media landscape.

1927 The Department of Journalism was founded in the School of Business.

1931 Theater courses began.

1947 The Department of Radio-Television was added.

1967 Film was added to form the Department of Radio, Television and Film.

1967 The departments combined to form the School of Communications and Theater.

1967 The Master of Fine Arts in Theater program was created.

1971 The school introduced the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video.

1995 Radio-Television-Film was divided into the Department of Film and Media Arts and the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media.

1995 Journalism was renamed Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising.

1999 The school introduced the Communications Interdisciplinary Major.

2000 The school added several new media specialists to the faculty and formed the New Media Interdisciplinary Concentration.

2004 The Department of Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising split into the Departments of Journalism, the Department of Advertising, and the Department of Strategic and Organizational Communication (which combined rhetoric, communications and public relations).

2010 The Department of Strategic and Organizational Communication was renamed the Department of Strategic Communication. This same year, the department began offering a minor in leadership.

2010 TUTV, Temple’s digital cable channel, was launched within the city of Philadelphia on Comcast and Verizon, as well as online at www.templetv.net.

2011 The Communications Program became the Communication Studies Program.

2012 The school was renamed the School of Media and Communication as part of a realignment that moved the departments of Film and Media Arts and Theater to a new Center for the Arts.

2012 The Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media was renamed the Department of Media Studies and Production.