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What is the major? A Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism and Public Communications (JPC) prepares students to engage in the role that free expression and communication play in a global society. Students create professional-quality projects in print, audio, video, and multimedia. Graduates are prepared for careers and graduate school because of hands-on experience and an emphasis on ethics, effective communication in a variety of contexts and formats, critical thinking, and community-engaged research and creative activity.Admission Requirements
- Complete the Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Submit a completed ePortfolio.
- Complete at least 72 credits from outside the major.
- Complete the major requirements below, which includes 42 credits of JPC coursework.
|JPC A201||Reporting and Writing News||3|
|JPC A202||First Amendment and Media Ethics||3|
|JPC A203||Writing and Producing Media||3|
|JPC A204||Media Literacy||3|
|Complete one of the following courses:||3|
|Infographics, Data Visualization and Strategy|
|Editing for Journalism and Public Communications|
|Complete two of the following courses:||6|
|History of Alaska Media|
|Film and the First Amendment|
|Documentary Filmmakers and Filmmaking|
|Communications and Media Research|
|JPC Capstone Seminar|
|Complete six of the following courses:||18|
|Radio News Reporting|
|Television News Reporting|
|Principles of Strategic Communications|
|Research Methods for Strategic Communications|
|Planning and Writing for Strategic Communications|
|TV Studio Production|
|Digital Video Production|
|Public Service Reporting|
|Community and Fundraising Communications|
|Strategic Communications Campaigns|
|Digital Film Production|
|Selected Topics in Journalism and Public Communications|
|JPC Practica and Internships 1|
|Complete one of the following courses:|
|Alaska Native Perspectives|
|Introduction to Civic Engagement|
|Entrepreneurship and Innovation|
|Consumer Behavior and Relationship Management|
|Marketing Media Analytics|
|Principles of Microeconomics|
|Principles of Macroeconomics|
|History of the United States I|
|Themes in World History|
|Justice and Society|
|Comparative Political Economy|
|Model United Nations|
Only JPC juniors and seniors with a 3.00 GPA may enroll in JPC A495. JPC practica require an approved academic plan and the approval of the appropriate JPC media advisor or UAA-based workplace supervisor. JPC internships require the approval of the director of JPC internships.
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 an overall and JPC specific grade point average of 3.50.
- Complete JPC A403 or JPC A492 with a minimum grade of B.