Welcome to the Department of Journalism and Communication

The Department of Journalism and Communication is multifaceted, reflecting the dynamic fields that comprise the unit. We prepare students to engage in the role that communication and free expression play in a global society. Our contribution to the university and the community's involvement in the public square is central to our mission. We engage with the citizens of Alaska and the world by supporting public debate and creative expression. Through its research, creative activities, and community engagement, the department also strives to meet Alaska's communication needs and contribute to the development of the economic and social environment of the state. We achieve our mission through classroom instruction, community and university service, advising, and academic scholarship.

The Department offers a bachelor of arts in Journalism and Public Communications, a minor in Journalism and Public Communications, and a minor in Communication. Our faculty members also teach the Oral Communication general education requirement courses that every UAA student needs in order to graduate.

Bachelor of Arts, JPC

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Students graduating from this program will:

  1. Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the United States and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society

  1. Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;

  1. Think critically, creatively and independently;

  1. Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;

  1. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;

  1. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness

  1. Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.

  1. Apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world.

Minor, JPC

Students in Journalism and Public Communications learn the theoretical underpinnings and the professional skills necessary to be successful in mass communications. To earn a minor in JPC, students must take JPC 201 and JPC 203 and 12 upper-division credits in JPC. A total of 18 credits is required for the minor.

Minor, Communication

General Education Requirement in Oral Communication

All students seeking a degree from UAA are required to take at least one communication course to satisfy their general education requirement (GER). Students can choose COMM 111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication, COMM 235 Small Group Communication, COMM 237 Interpersonal Communication, or COMM 241 Public Speaking to meet their GER requirement in Oral Communication.

 
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