Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. The historic main campus sits on a hilltop in Northwest Washington blocks from the storied U Street and Howard Theatre. We are two miles from the U.S. Capitol where many students intern, and scores of alumni shape national and foreign policy.



The Department of Media, Journalism and Film (MJFC) prepares students for the media world of today and the future through core and cluster courses.

The department prepares students for the media world of today and the future through core and cluster courses.

The MJFC department draws from the fields of digital audio/radio, digital video/television, and film production, scriptwriting and reporting, and broadcast (i.e. radio and television), print, mobile and online news. The MJFC Department addresses current industry standards, technological trends of convergence and community needs, while meeting the university’s historical mission. The Department unifies several intellectual and creative strands within the School that share the common concerns of communicating in effective ways at the local, regional, national and global levels.

Beginning in August 2013, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts specializing in media and film, journalism, and interdisciplinary studies (build a major) and a Master of Fine Arts in Film.


The MJFC Department was created by combining programs from Howard University’s two ACEJMC-accredited Departments of Journalism and of Radio, Television and Film. The MJFC Department has award-winning, internationally and nationally renowned filmmakers, journalists, media producers, documentarians, and research scholars among its faculty and has strong ties with major communications organizations. NABJ ranked HU’s journalism program as number one in the nation. The film program produced an elite Director’s Guild Fellow. The film program was named as one of the best university cinematography programs.


The Department is affiliated with a university-owned and operated public television station (WHUT-TV), a top-rated commercial urban radio station (WHURFM), satellite radio channels and HD radio channels. The Department operates several student-run media including WHBC, an AM radio station that also broadcasts online; Glass House Radio, an Internet talk radio station; HU News Service, a national news service; and 101 Magazine, a print and online magazine. Students are also engaged with Spotlight Network (a student news broadcast) and The Hilltop (the university’s award winning newspaper). The Department also sponsors student chapters of the major mass communication and journalism organizations.