Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism

Undergraduate journalism students learn how to make better media. They write. They record audio and video. They take photographs. They edit. Along the way, they develop deep critical-thinking skills as well as abilities to gather, organize and understand information about their communities. And then – continuing this communication process through its full cycle – they share what they have learned clearly and responsibly across multiple media platforms, including social media. Our program is professional in its orientation, and students are encouraged to work for campus media such as Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi (the campus newspaper) or KTUH-FM (the campus radio station) and to participate in an extensive program of professional internships, including at prominent media organizations based on Oahu, such as The Star-Advertiser, Hawaii News Now, and Civil Beat. We offer many scholarships to students, based on need, merit and toward special projects. We also embrace our role as the Fourth Estate, stressing the importance of a free and responsible news media for the maintenance of an informed citizenry and for the rights to self-governance in a democracy.

Declaring a Major

Admission to the major is open to all students who have been admitted to UH Mānoa. Download and complete the Declaration of Major form (or Double Major form). Email a scan/photo of your completed form to and we’ll take it from there.

Advising and Graduation

Students should see a faculty adviser when considering journalism as a major, or soon after declaring the major, to ensure we create the most efficient and fulfilling path for each individual. We recommend a one-on-one advising session every semester as a way to stay on track and complete the degree in a timely manner. To schedule this advising, please contact To help you conceptualize the Journalism (BA) and its requirements download the associated Program Sheet / Plan Template (under College of Social Sciences). For guidance on general graduation requirements, outside of the major, we collaborate with the College of Social Sciences advisers in Dean Hall, Room 2.