The School of Journalism and Communication has more than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in its journalism and communication programs.


Journalism has been central to Carleton’s mission from the university’s earliest days: three of the six degrees awarded at the university’s first convocation, held in 1946, were Bachelors of Journalism.

In the years since, there has been steady growth in the School of Journalism and Communication. It added a Master of Journalism program in 1974 for students who already had extensive journalism experience, and in 1988 modified the curriculum to incorporate university graduates without journalistic backgrounds.


In 1977, the School of Journalism at Carleton University formally launched an undergraduate program in the academic study of communication, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. A Master of Arts program was added in 1991, and in September 1997, the school introduced its Ph.D program. In order to reflect the dual streams of study, the name of the school was changed in 1992 to the School of Journalism and Communication.

The communication program at Carleton concentrates on the history, theories, political economy, technology and impact of communication. This is done by studying social contexts, specific technologies and policy frameworks.