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Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)

Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)

University of King's College

Challenge your world.

This degree will guide you to become a more capable person – and a stronger citizen. Well-trained and passionate, our graduates are ready to hunt truth and reveal nuance.

A dedicated and experienced faculty teaches you to do deep research, analyze complicated information, stand up to power, and manage your time. You will learn to think critically and write clearly, and to tell stories in multiple formats. Businesses, environmental groups, government departments, NGOs, political parties and other organizations all seek people with these skills.

In first year lectures and tutorials you explore the Western world’s rich intellectual tradition. Why is our society as it is? How can it change? Our broad academic approach gives you profound understanding.

From there you go on to improve your listening, interviewing, reporting and multimedia skills. You learn research techniques in second year, and ethics in third year. The intense final year includes one Honours Project, three workshops of your choice, and an internship at a professional media organization.

Are you curious? Like to express yourself? Want to make the world a better place? Then the King’s Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree is made for you.

First Year Curriculum

Journalists need deep understanding. That’s why first-year journalism students at King’s take the Foundation Year Programme (FYP) and the Foundations of Journalism course.

Both FYP and Foundations of Journalism teach you to think critically and write clearly. FYP guides you through reading our society’s essential classics, while Foundations of Journalism introduces you to the fast, smart world of modern journalism.

Your first year at King’s empowers you with the foundation you need to become a strong citizen and an excellent journalist.

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Required Courses

Foundation Year Programme (4-Credit)

KING 1000X/Y.24
Fall
Winter
Lectures: MWRF 9:35 - 11:25
Tutorials: MWF at 11:35-12:25 or 12:35-1:25 or 1:35-2:25

Foundations of Journalism

JOUR1001.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall / KTS Lecture Hall
T 0935-1125 & 1335-1425 OR
T 0935-1125 & R 0935-1025
Tutorial: T 1435-1525 OR
Tutorial: R 1035-1125

Second Year

Your  journalism course load increases over each of the four years. You will pair your core journalism classes with electives or in another degree concentration.

In addition to the courses listed below, you will take 21 credit hours in Arts or Science electives (as approved).

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Required Courses

Introduction to Reporting

JOUR2700.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
M 1835-1955 AND
W 1835-1955; OR
M 1335-1455 AND
W 1335-1455

Intermediate Reporting

JOUR2701.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
M 1335-1625

Introduction to Visual Storytelling

JOUR2702.03F
Fall
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
R 1305-1555

Third Year

In addition to the below, you will take 18 credit hours in Arts or Science electives (as approved).

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Required Courses

Advanced Reporting 1

JOUR3004.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
T 1535-1725

Advanced Reporting 2

JOUR3005.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
F 1235-1525

Ethics of Journalism

JOUR3122.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Shatford Room
T 0935-1125
Plus two of the following electives

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1735-2025

Creative Nonfiction

JOUR3440.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 2
W 1335-1525

Feature Writing

JOUR3540.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Seminar 2
M 1335-1525

Business Reporting for Journalists

JOUR3542.03

Copy Editing

JOUR3550.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
R 1335-1525

Introduction to Video reporting

JOUR3003.03

Introduction to Online Journalism

JOUR3557.03

Great Journalists

JOUR3560.03

Sports Journalism

JOUR3661.03

The Journalist as Documentarian

JOUR3662.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
T 1735-2025

Introduction to Radio

JOUR3002.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
R 1835-2025

Opinion Writing

JOUR3670.03
Winter
F 1340-1530

Fourth Year

The fourth year is an immersive, professionally oriented set of workshops, internships and honours projects that simulate the deadline-driven pace of a newsroom.

In your fourth year, you will do a month-long internship at an approved journalism organization. Most students choose to remain in Canada, working at a newspaper, broadcast outlet, magazine or digital operation. However you also have the option of an international placement; students have completed internships in Beirut, Dubai, El Salvador, New York City, London, the Philippines, Chile and many other locations outside Canada.

Please Note: Not all the following workshops will be offered each year. Course offerings will depend upon interest and enrolment each year.

Additional Requirements

Students are required to complete at least six credit hours in Canadian history or Canadian political institutions. This requirement may be satisfied by selecting six credit hours in a single subject or two 3 credit hour courses selected from History, Political Science or Canadian Studies courses. This is to be taken as one of the Arts & Science electives in either second or third year. Students who can demonstrate that they have an adequate knowledge of Canadian history or political institutions may be excused from this requirement with permission of the Director, provided they propose a coherent alternative academic program of study.

"At King's, I learned skills that served me well as a journalist, and equally well as a lawyer and provided a solid foundation for my career."

John L. MacLean
John L. MacLean

Nunavut Department of Justice, Iqaluit, Bachelor of Journalism (Honours), 2003

Check out the Signal, the School of Journalism’s media outlet

More Opportunities

Students in their first year of study may be interested in First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs), interdisciplinary study groups that augment and expand your first-year curriculum. Learn more about FIGs.


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