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UHV humanities, communications programs earn recognition from education websites

The University of Houston-Victoria master’s program in publishing and bachelor’s programs in communications, English and creative writing recently earned praise from three national higher education websites for being affordable and flexible.

The rankings are:

  • No. 13 Best Online Bachelor’s in Communications Programs by OnlineColleges.net.
  • No. 21 Best Online Bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing by NonprofitCollegesOnline.com.
  • No. 43 Best Online Master’s in Communication Degree Programs for UHV’s graduate publishing program by SuperScholar.org.
Jeffrey Di Leo

“These are excellent degree programs that train students in various elements of communication,” said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. “I am glad to see that the university’s emphasis on excellence is being recognized by so many national organizations.”

UHV offers three options for students who want to pursue a degree in communications: a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with a concentration in communications.

The OnlineColleges.net ranking was based on several factors, including academic quality, online offerings, cost and financial aid availability. The website’s profile of UHV’s programs cited several resources the university offers to students for online learning, including the use of Blackboard, online tutoring, Web-based test registration and an interactive calendar.

Andrew Baerg

“UHV’s communication programs cover a broad area of study,” said Andrew Baerg, a UHV associate professor of communication and chair of the Arts & Humanities Division. “Students are trained in topics such as interpersonal, intercultural and organizational communication in an effort to prepare and enable them to work in an increasingly global community.”

For the Nonprofitcollegesonline.com ranking, the website included U.S. schools that are affordable, nonprofit and accredited.

Both UHV’s B.A. in humanities-English and B.A. in humanities-creative writing were acknowledged for having a broad liberal arts core allowing students to pursue studies in areas the include journalism, publishing, radio, television, technical writing, advertising or more creative writing pursuits such as fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

“The English and creative writing programs have really taken off at UHV,” Baerg said. “The excellent work by the faculty, who are themselves published writers, creates interest and inspires students. Publications such as Huizache and the American Book Review contribute to the success of the programs.”

SuperScholar.org ranked UHV’s Master of Science in publishing based on the university’s reputation, flexibility, affordability and graduates’ return on investment.

The program includes three parts – 24 hours of core courses, three possible concentrations and a virtual publishing internship. It gives students a practical, intellectual foundation and trains them in the necessary skills to compete in the publishing industry. The website also noted that students can earn the degree entirely online.

“All three of these rankings are a validation of the successful efforts of UHV’s faculty and staff to create quality programs at an affordable price,” Baerg said. “The online accessibility of these programs is a major asset to our students, and I am grateful for UHV Technology Services staff members and all they do to train our faculty to use the online systems and resources to provide a strong online education for our students.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.