Journalism: Bachelor of Journalism (also: Honours)
The Bachelor of Journalism program is unique in B.C., featuring multimedia storytelling experience utilizing the most current technologies. Students use industry-standard software to produce journalism that draws on the full range of multimedia storytelling possibilities, including animation, interactivity, audio, and video. Students participate in academic studies and practical training through seminars, labs, and off-campus work experiences. The Journalism program prepares graduates for such positions as multi-media journalists, editors, researchers, and freelance writers. Our grads also work as communications professionals in such fields as media relations, corporate communications, and public relations. The Bachelor of Journalism gives students valuable transferable skills that can be put to use in many fields of endeavour, including working in a multimedia environment, using social media and journalistic research skills in professional settings, and understanding the many facets of the collection and dissemination of information via the media.
Communication Studies courses are also an important part of the program, including exploration of such issues as media law and ethics, media and diversity, and media and social change.
Faculty members in KPU's Journalism department include award-winning journalists with career experience and academic credentials. Many faculty members continue to work as journalists.
The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.
Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:
- In good academic standing with the University
- Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
- 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
- 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts Framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.
1000 and 2000 Level
|INDG 1100||Introduction to Indigenous Studies||3 credits|
|JRNL 1160||Introduction to Journalism||3 credits|
|JRNL 1220||Citizen Journalism||3 credits|
|JRNL 2120||Storytelling: Writing for Journalism||3 credits|
|JRNL 2230||Multimedia Storytelling||3 credits|
|JRNL 2240||Beyond News: Feature Writing||3 credits|
|JRNL 2360||Visual Storytelling||3 credits|
|JRNL 2370||Audio Storytelling||3 credits|
|6 credits from courses in Communications (COMM) numbered 1100 through 2999||6 credits|
3000 and 4000 Level
|JRNL 3165||Data Visualization||3 credits|
|JRNL 4270||Advanced Storytelling||3 credits|
|18 credits from courses in Journalism (JRNL) numbered 3000 through 4999||18 credits|
|6 credits from courses in Communications (COMM) numbered 3000 through 4999||6 credits|
In addition to the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Journalism degree, Bachelor of Journalism Honours students must complete the following courses:
|JRNL 4190||Directed Study Honours 1 – Research||3 credits|
|JRNL 4290||Honours Thesis||3 credits|
|JRNL 4295||Journalism Honours Seminar||3 credits|
Please see kpu.ca/arts/journalism for further information regarding application deadlines and selection criteria. Note: Journalism Honours courses may not be offered each year.
Upon successful completion of the honours program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours).
Upon successful completion of the major program, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Journalism.
At a Glance
Faculty of Arts
- Baccalaureate Degree
- Open intake
Minimum Credits Required:
Curriculum Effective Date: