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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.

Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Declaration Requirements

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

Curricular Requirements

Students must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to Journalism- and Communication-Studies course requirements.

Major in Journalism

Students must complete the following courses:

Lower Level Requirements

All of:
  INDG 1100 Introduction to Indigenous Studies 3 credits
  JRNL 1160 Intro to Journalism 3 credits
  JRNL 1220 Citizen Journalism 3 credits
  JRNL 2120 Storytelling 1 3 credits
  JRNL 2230 Multimedia Storytelling 3 credits
Plus two of:
  JRNL 2140 Introduction to News: How We Inform Ourselves 3 credits
  JRNL 2240 Beyond the News 3 credits
  JRNL 2250 Politics and Journalism 3 credits
And two of:
  COMM 1100 Foundations of Communication Studies 3 credits
  COMM 1110 TV and Social Change 3 credits
  COMM 1200 Visual Literacy 3 credits
  COMM 2100 Media Ethics and Law 3 credits
  COMM 2210 Media, Audiences and Popular Culture 3 credits
  COMM 2220 Communications Rights & Freedoms 3 credits

Upper Level Requirements

All of:
  JRNL 3155 Storytelling 2: Reporting 3 credits
  JRNL 3160 Photojournalism 3 credits
  JRNL 4270 Advanced Storytelling 3 credits
Plus 21 credits chosen from the following three areas, including at least 6 credits from each area:
  1. Journalism Electives
  JRNL 3170 Storytelling 3: Narrative Nonfiction 3 credits
  JRNL 3260 Media Economics and Entrepreneurial Journalism 3 credits
  JRNL 4165 Data Visualization 3 credits
  JRNL 4250 Politics and Journalism 2 3 credits
  2. Journalism Electives
  JRNL 3270 Advanced Photojournalism 3 credits
  JRNL 4141 Work Experience 3 credits
  JRNL 4240 Social Issues Journalism 3 credits
  JRNL 4260 Coding for Storytelling: Apps and More for Journalists 3 credits
  3. Communication Studies Electives
  COMM 3100 Media and Diversity 3 credits
  COMM 3110 News Media and Influence 3 credits
  COMM 3200 Celebrity and Media 3 credits
  COMM 3210 Everyday Communication 3 credits
  COMM 3220 Social Media, Technology, and Society 3 credits
  COMM 4210 History of Canadian Journalism 3 credits


In addition to the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Journalism degree, Bachelor of Journalism Honours students must complete the following 9 credits:

  JRNL 4190 Directed Study Honours 1 – Research 3 credits
  JRNL 4290 Honours Thesis 3 credits
  JRNL 4295 Journalism Honours Seminar 3 credits

Please see for further information regarding application deadlines and selection criteria. Note: Journalism Honours courses may not be offered each year.

Students may receive either the Bachelor of Journalism degree or the Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree, but not both.

Credential Awarded

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


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2016

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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