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 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
|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
|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 kpu.ca/arts/journalism 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.
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: