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What is the major? A Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications

The Department of Journalism and Public Communication prepares students to engage in the role that free expression and communication play in a global society. Every semester our students create professional quality (and often published and broadcast) projects in print, audio, and video mediums. They create websites, magazines, documentary films, and strategic communication campaigns. This Department not only prepares students for careers after graduation, our students are often already engaged in careers through internships and hands on experience during the academic year. 

Admission Requirements Graduation Requirements Major Requirements
Core Courses
JPC A201Reporting and Writing News3
JPC A202First Amendment and Media Ethics3
JPC A203Writing and Producing Media3
JPC A204Media Literacy3
Complete one of the following 200-level JPC courses:3
Visual Literacy
Editing in a Multimedia World
Digital Imaging
Complete any 300-level JPC course.3
Complete any 400-level JPC course.1-6
Integrative Capstone3
Communications and Media Research
JPC Capstone Seminar
Concentration Area
Complete one of two concentrations: journalism and digital media or strategic communications.18
Journalism and Digital Media Concentration18
Radio News Reporting
Television News Reporting
Web Design
Digital Audio Production
TV Studio Production
Digital Video Production
Scriptwriting for Film and Television
Multimedia Journalism
Public Service Reporting
TV Post-Production
Motion Graphics and Animation
Digital Film Production I
Digital Film Production II
Selected Topics in Journalism and Public Communications
JPC Practica and Internships *
JPC A497
Independent Study
Strategic Communications Concentration18
Web Design
Principles of Strategic Communications
Research Methods for Strategic Communications
Planning and Writing for Strategic Communications
Commercial Photography
Corporate Communications
Crisis Communications
Development Communications
Strategic Communications Campaigns
Selected Topics in Journalism and Public Communications
JPC Practica and Internships *
JPC A497
Independent Study
Interdisciplinary electives3
Complete one course from the following:
Alaska Native Perspectives
Introduction to Civic Engagement
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Consumer Behavior and Relationship Management
Marketing Media Analytics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
History of the United States I
Themes in World History
Justice and Society
Professional Ethics
Comparative Political Economy
Model United Nations
Social Psychology

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division.

Honors in Journalism and Public Communications

Students majoring in journalism and public communications are eligible to graduate with departmental honors if they satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • Meet the requirements for a BA in Journalism and Public Communications.
  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.50 in JPC courses.
  • Complete JPC A403 or JPC A492 with a grade of A or B.