Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) Program

The Bachelor of Journalism program at Carleton is a four-year Honours program.

You must earn 20.0 credits to obtain a BJ degree. Of those, 8.0 are mandatory journalism courses.

In addition, there is a Canadian history requirement worth 1.0 credit.

Of your remaining 11.0 credits, 4.0 must be from a field other than journalism – and 7.0 are open. This means you can choose electives from journalism and/or follow your interests in other programs.

Many students opt to study “Journalism Plus” – in other words, they pursue a Combined Honours degree.

Others may opt for our new Bachelor of Journalism with a Concentration in Health Sciences.

For additional program requirements and course descriptions check the Undergraduate Calendar.

Apprenticeships Program

Our apprenticeships program gives you the opportunity for “real world” work. It will help you build your portfolio and make professional contacts that will enhance your career prospects.

BJ students in third and fourth year are eligible.

Visit the Apprenticeships website for more information.

Journalism Plus another discipline for a Combined Honours degree

BJ students who want to pursue more intensive studies can opt to do a Combined Honours degree.

You will take all the mandatory courses for the Journalism degree PLUS the mandatory courses in the other discipline.

Here are some of the programs you can pair with Journalism for your Combined Honours degree:

African Studies European and Russian Studies Linguistics
Anthropology Film Studies Music
Art History French Philosophy
Biology Geography Political Science
Canadian Studies Greek and Roman Studies Psychology
Communication Studies History Religion
 Economics (or Applied) Human Rights Sociology
 English  Law Women’s and Gender Studies


Additional program requirements and course descriptions are in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Bachelor of Journalism with a Concentration in Health Sciences

This is a unique program, not offered anywhere else in Canada.

And it’s an important one.

The need for ongoing research, new methods of healthcare delivery and ways to mitigate the influence of climate change on the spread of disease and environmental health is of concern to all global citizens.

As a science journalist, you will be able to interpret the rapidly changing scientific landscape, adding a historical, ethical and political context to the scientific information in ways that speak to people directly.

Be cutting edge. Be a science journalist. Help change the world.

Program requirements and course descriptions are in the Undergraduate Calendar.

How to join us

  • Ontario High School Students
    If you are presently finishing your last year of high school you must obtain your Personal Access Information (login information) from your guidance office before applying online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).
  • Ontario High School Graduates and Canadian High School Students
    Apply online at the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).
  • U.S. and International Students
    United States high school students, international students, and international Baccalaureate students, please see information on how to apply on Carleton University’s Admissions website.

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