Journalism BA Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in journalism requires 30 credit hours including:

I. Journalism Required Courses (21 credit hours)

  • JOUR 150: Journalism and Society (3) DS
  • JOUR 200: Intro to Multimedia Journalism (3)
  • JOUR 250: Media Writing (3) WI
  • JOUR 300: Reporting (3) WI
  • JOUR 330: Video Journalism (3) OC
  • JOUR 460: Media Ethics (3) ETH, WI
  • JOUR 481: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3) WI

II. Journalism Electives (9 credit hours)

For electives, students must take at least nine credits from the following list or any other qualifying upper-division JOUR class:

  • JOUR 307: Photojournalism (3)
  • JOUR 316: Advanced Editing (3)
  • JOUR 320: Visual Journalism: Multimedia (3)
  • JOUR 325: Magazine Writing (3) WI
  • JOUR 327: Interpretive Journalism (3)
  • JOUR 360: Journalism History and Trends (3) DS, WI
  • JOUR 385: Practicum (1) (repeatable up to three credits)
  • JOUR 390: Journalism/Communications Workshops (V)
  • JOUR 407: Advanced Photojournalism (3)
  • JOUR 425: Publication Layout and Design (3)
  • JOUR 459: Special Topics (3)
  • JOUR 470: Journalism Projects (3) OC, WI
  • JOUR 471: Advanced Multimedia Journalism (3) WI
  • JOUR 475: Global Communication (3) DS
  • JOUR 480: Media and Community (3) OC, WI
  • JOUR 485: Fieldwork (3)
  • JOUR 499: Directed Research (V)

General Education Designations

  • DS – Diversification-Social Science

Focus Designations

  • ETH – Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • OC – Oral Communication
  • WI – Writing Intensive

See the UH Catalog for more information.


Guiding Principles

Journalism believes that a Free Press embodied in the First Amendment of the Constitution is the cornerstone of democracy. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” Ethical journalism is an extension of a Free Press. The Journalism program subscribes to the principles embodied in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. The Journalism program believes that “public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy” and that “ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students earning a Journalism BA will be able to:

  1. Gather, analyze, and organize information, and to communicate it clearly, effectively, and responsibly using multiple media platforms.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, and historical contexts of reporting on social institutions as well as on individuals and groups.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of a free, vigorous, and responsible press to the maintenance of an informed citizenry to exercise the rights of self-governance in a democracy.
  4. Contribute to lifelong learning through reports that enlighten and enliven audiences, whether in print, broadcast, online, or other new media formats.