The Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities

The Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities (B.J.Hum. honours) degree is offered jointly by Carleton’s Great Books Program in the College of the Humanities and by the School of Journalism and Communication.

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Satisfy your Love of Great Books while Training for a Career

B.J.Hum. students spend half of their degree taking the same Journalism courses as Bachelor of Journalism (B.J.) students. They receive a professional training in writing and reporting, professional ethics and media law, and learn the skills appropriate to newspaper, radio, television, and new media journalism.

B.J.Hum. students spend the other half of their degree taking the same courses in the Great Books as Bachelor of Humanities (B.Hum.) students. This gives them an in-depth training in political science, literature, philosophy, history, classics, art history, music, and religion, so that they can bring to their journalistic career a great depth of analysis and breadth of context.

Rosa Saba — TED-Style Talk— “How Humanities Made Me a Better Journalist”

Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities Courses

Year One Year Two Year Three Year Four
Core — Myth and Symbol Core — Reason and Revelation Core — Culture and Imagination Core — Politics, Modernity & the Common Good
Greek & Roman Literature Origin of Judaism, Christianity & Islam European Literature Modern Intellectual History & Modern Science
Anthropology & Religious Practice Language Requirement History of Art or Music Research Seminar
Foundations of Journalism Fundamentals of Reporting Radio Journalism & Television Journalism Journalism Now and Next & Specialized Reporting
Canadian History Journalism & Public Institutions and Communications Law Journalism Ethics & Advanced Reporting Workshop in Radio, Television, Newspaper, New Media, or Specialized Media

See also the detailed course progression chart for the B.J.Hum. on the B.Hum. Degree Resources page.

One Degree — Two Academic Homes

B.J.Hum. students are full members of two communities, the School of Journalism and Communication and the College of the Humanities. On the Journalism side, this means that they are eligible for the internships and professional development offered by the School and have full use fo their technical resources. On the Humanities side, this means that they are part of the small community of friends and scholars, with its own lecture hall, discussion room, and common room, and have access to the vibrant and intimate student life and extensive cultural program of the Bachelor of Humanities program.

How to Apply to the B.J.-Hum.

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Authoritative and complete application instructions for the Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities program are on Carleton’s Undergraduate Admissions page. The following information is provided only for convenience.

Enter in First Year

Students normally enter directly into the B.J.-Hum. in their first year of study at Carleton. However, it is possible for students in either the B.J. or the B.Hum. to transfer in to the B.J.-Hum. at the beginning of second year, or for B.J.-Hum. students to transfer into either the B.J. or B.Hum.

Canadian High-School Students

Applications to the Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities degree from Canadian High School students, during the normal admissions cycle, are made through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

The OUAC Code is found under the College of the Humanities

OUAC Code: Option C — Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities — CJH

High-School Courses

High-School applicants must have the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a minimum of six 4 U/M courses.

High-School applicants must have 4U English (Grade 12 English) or equivalent.

Minimum Grades

Students normally have an admissions average of 85%—88% or more. However, since the number of qualified applicants may be greater than the number of available spaces, cut-off averages and required marks for admission may vary from year to year.

Please refer to Carleton University’s Admissions website for the current admission requirements from Ontario High Schools.

Note that there is no Portfolio option for applications to the B.J.-Hum.

Do I apply to the B.J., the B.Hum., or the B.J.-Hum?

The B.J.-Hum. is for students who want to combine their Journalism program with a very structured and intensive program in the Great Books, emphasising reading, writing, and discussion, covering all the humanities fields. Please look at the the B.Hum. what you will study page for details.

You do not have to be in the joint B.J.-Hum. degree in order to combine Journalism with another discipline. Students in the B.J. can add a combined honours or a minor in most disciplines. So, for example, if you are particularly interested in Journalism and English, but don’t really want to study Philosophy, Art, Religion, and History as well, you should apply to the B.J.

Enrolment in the joint B.J.-Hum. is very limited, so it is a good idea also to apply to whichever of the two constituent programs you would like as a fallback. So a student interested in the joint program who is most attracted to the Humanities aspect should list both the B.J.-Hum. and the B.Hum. as choices on the OUAC form, in that order. A student most interested in Journalism should list B.J.-Hum. and then B.J. as their choices.

Internal Transfers

Students who wish to transfer into the B.J.Hum. program from either the B.J. or B.Hum. should contact the Undergraduate Advisor of the program which they are currently not enrolled in.

Transfer from the B.J. or the B.Hum. to the B.J. Hum.

A student who has completed the first year of the B.J. or B.Hum. in Good Standing may apply to transfer into the second year of the B.J. Hum. and will be accepted at the discretion of the School of Journalism and the College of Humanities, and must normally have an overall CGPA of 10.00 (A-) or higher. Transfers into higher years will not be considered.

Transferring from the B.J.Hum. to the B.J. or the B.Hum.

A student who wishes to transfer from the B.J.Hum. to the B.J. or the B.Hum. may apply through Admissions and will be accepted if, upon entry to the new program, they would be in Good Standing.

A student who fails any Academic Performance Evaluation (A.P.E.) and who is consequently on Academic Warning or who must leave the B.J.Hum. program with Continue in Alternate (CA) may transfer into the B.J. or the B.Hum. only if they would be in Good Standing upon entry into their new degree.

For more details see the Carleton Academic Calendar.

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