About the Miller School

At the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications you'll find experienced instructors dedicated to preparing students to compete in the exciting, ever-changing field of journalism and mass communications.

Located on the campus of Kansas State University, we provide students with a relaxed environment rich with resources, hands-on experience and opportunities for the future.

Mission statement

  • Pursue knowledge through creative works, research and innovative teaching.
  • Encourage professional competencies, critical thinking, ethical decision-making and social responsibility.
  • Serve our constituents as defenders of free expression in a dynamic, multicultural society.

History

Our nationally accredited program is named for A.Q. Miller of Belleville, who was a pioneer Kansas journalist. His son, Carl Miller, was a significant benefactor to the school. Carl, a former K-State journalism major, was the founding editor of the Pacific Coast edition of The Wall Street Journal. His 1987 gift resulted in naming the school after his father.

Kansas State has a rich journalism heritage. Instruction in printing was offered in 1874 - the first such program in the United States - and a journalism curriculum was formally established in 1910 with the hiring of a Kansas City Star editor. The term mass communications was added to our name in 1971 to reflect our broader curriculum.

The A.Q. Miller School supports K-State's mission statement and does our best to honor its purpose.

"Since its founding in 1863, the University has evolved into a modern institution of higher education, committed to quality programs, and responsive to a rapidly changing world and the aspirations of an increasingly diverse society. Together with other major comprehensive universities, Kansas State shares responsibilities for developing human potential, expanding knowledge, enriching cultural expression, and extending its expertise to individuals, business, education, and government. These responsibilities are addressed through an array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, research and creative activities, and outreach and public service programs. In addition, its land-grant mandate, based on federal and state legislation, establishes a focus to its instructional, research, and extension activities which is unique among the Regents' institutions."

ASJMC national accreditation

The nationally accredited program -- one of the oldest in the nation -- began in 1910 and now has more than 4,600 alumni worldwide. The A.Q. Miller School offers specific sequences in print and electronic journalism, public relations, and advertising.

Students can enroll in their major courses early in their university experience, giving them the opportunity to advance as skilled creators and consumers of information.

Looking to the future

A career in journalism or mass communications requires knowledge of the latest trends in the industry, and the Media Convergence Center in Dole Hall is just one tool we use in our curriculum to provide our students real-world training.