Welcome to Carleton and your Bachelor of Journalism degree program

First-Year Course Selection Guide

Please read this degree guide prior to registering.

Your Degree Program

The Bachelor of Journalism (B.Jour) degree is a 20.0 credit, four-year Honours program. Students who are interested in science journalism may add a Concentration in Health Sciences. The program is carefully designed to give students the skills and knowledge they need for careers as journalists and media professionals, along with a broad academic education in a variety of other subjects.

You will take required Journalism courses for a total of 8.0 credits and one or two Canadian History courses for additional 1.0 credit. You will choose the remaining degree credits in other subjects that interest you.

At least 4.0 of the remaining credits must be concentrated in a subject area outside of Journalism. This gives you the opportunity to take a Minor in a subject offered by another department or school.

Or you may, as many students do, combine your Journalism Major with a second Major such as History, Political Science, Film Studies, or Law, to name just a few. This will result in a Combined Honours degree in Journalism and your second Major.

Courses Required for First Year

  • JOUR 1001 Foundations of Journalism: Journalism in Context [0.5]
  • JOUR 1002 Foundations of Journalism: Journalism in Practice [0.5]
  • 4.0 credits of electives that you choose based on your own interests from first-year courses (1000 level) offered by various faculties.

If you choose to add the Concentration in Health Sciences you must take the following core Science courses in Year 1 along with your mandatory Journalism courses:

  • BIOL 1103 Foundations of Biology I [0.5]
  • BIOL 1104 Foundations of Biology II [0.5]
  • HLTH 1001 Principles of Health [0.5]

Although it is not required, many students in their first year prefer to use one of their four elective credits to complete the Canadian History requirement. Your Canadian History requirement may also be fulfilled by Canadian History courses offered at the second year level.

1.0 credit in History from:

  • HIST 1300 – The Making of Canada (1.0)
  • HIST 2301 – Canadian Political History (0.5)
  • HIST 2304 –Social and Cultural History of Canada (1.0)
  • HIST 2311 – Environmental History of Canada (0.5)
  • INDG 1011 – Introduction to Indigenous-Settler Encounters (0.5)


Phone number: 613-520-7404
Email: journalism@carleton.ca
Location: Room 4309, Richcraft Hall

Your Degree, Your Future

Explore Your Degree, Your Future to identify the skills you can develop through your program, to see future possibilities and career paths of recent graduates, and to find out how to improve your employability by getting involved and gaining experience.