Our Program

Welcome to the nationally accredited Department of Journalism and Public Communications in scenic Anchorage on a campus ringed by mountains. We offer courses in journalism, strategic communication, telecommunications and integrated media.

About Us
The Department of Journalism and Public Communications offers one of the most sought-after majors at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Our students have gone on to practice strategic communications for ConocoPhillips and other large companies, reported on Alaska for the Anchorage Daily News, KTUU and other media outlets, and done production work for the Sullivan Arena and GCI.

The department is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Journalism and Public Communications is to prepare students for professional careers and graduate study and to give them a thorough understanding and appreciation of the vital role that free expression and mass communication play in a global society.

Through its research, creative activities, and community engagement, the department also strives to meet Alaska’s communication needs. Our goal is to contribute to the development of the economic and social environment of the state, with an emphasis on the Southcentral region served by the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The department aims to foster in its students a strong professional resolve to work to make the flow of news and information more accurate, informative, complete, fair and ethical. To accomplish this goal, the department seeks to teach students theory, skills and ethical principles of journalism and communication that will endure as fundamentals in a world where the methods of conveying information are undergoing revolutionary change.

The department aims to foster in its students a strong resolve to make the flow of news and information more accurate, informative, complete, fair, and ethical. To accomplish this goal, the department seeks to teach students theory, skills, and ethical principles of journalism and professional communications that will endure as fundamentals in a world where the methods of conveying information are undergoing significant change.

Students graduating from this program will have developed and demonstrated:

  • Expressive characteristics enabling them to visually realize their ideas and to create a body of work illustrating their creative analogical abilities.

  • Conceptual characteristics enabling them to develop qualitative work that is consistent with their ideas, exhibits original concepts, illustrates growth, and articulates concepts in creative ways.

  • Formal characteristics enabling them to illustrate a technical mastery of the use of materials, a grasp of composition and formal elements and an appreciation for risk-taking.

  • Abilities to articulate ideas in relationship to orally based critical discourse in the classroom.