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 and …” – 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.

First Year

You will take one journalism course each term in your first year for a total of 1.0 credit.

You’ll learn about the forces that have shaped the news media in the past – and that are changing it today. You’ll learn some basic reporting and writing skills.

You’ll choose your remaining 4.0 credits from other programs.

Second Year

You will take 2.0 journalism credits.

In your year-long reporting workshop, you’ll learn and practice the techniques that journalists use to find stories, conduct interviews, and gather and report information accurately and ethically. You’ll work with classmates to produce digital publications at the end of the year.

Alongside that reporting workshop, you’ll take a Digital Toolkit course in the fall term – the basics of storytelling in the digital age.

You’ll also learn how the law applies to the media, from the rules governing the internet to freedom of expression.

You’ll choose your remaining 3.0 credits from other programs.

Third Year

There are 2.5 credits in required journalism courses at this level.

In your Digital Journalism course, you’ll report for the School’s new digital publication, Capital Current. Read about it here. You’ll also learn how journalists handle ethical dilemmas. You’ll use interactive tools, blogs, photography and social media in your reporting.

Your workshops in both Audio and Video Journalism will build on your second-year instruction in sound and images. You’ll prepare audio reports, podcasts and newscasts, and develop your skills in visual storytelling and on-camera work.

You’ll explore the various ethical issues that you may encounter as a journalist, and you’ll develop more advanced writing and reporting skills in your In-Depth journalism course.

Fourth Year

You will take 2.5 journalism credits in your final year, publishing stories for readers in the community, listeners over the airwaves and audiences online.

You’ll choose one publication workshop.

  • In Capital Current, you’ll lead the way with the School’s new community-based digital publication.
  • In Midweek, you’ll produce hour-long shows that air on Carleton’s community radio station, 93.1 CKCU-FM.
  • In 25th Hour, you’ll produce short video documentaries and in-studio interviews for a series of current affairs shows.

You’ll take at least one specialized journalism course, with a focus on sports, arts, business, international affairs, law or science.

You’ll choose from a rich array of other journalism options, from politics to data, longform writing to Indigenous issues reporting, conflict journalism to succeeding as a freelancer.

Finally, you’ll take a 0.5-credit lecture course covering major trends and issues in journalism and media industries – the essential things to know as you and your journalism degree head out into the working world.

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 and ..." - earn 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 BJ as well as 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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