Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications earns full accreditation

ANCHORAGE, Alaska The UAA Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications has been fully reaccredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

The accrediting council made its decision at its early May meeting. ACEJMC accredits 119 journalism and mass communications schools in the United States and outside the country. The Council conducts voluntary reviews for institutions with professional journalism and mass communications programs.

UAA's Journalism and Public Communications program has approximately 125 majors. Graduates of the program are employed across the state and the country as communications directors, journalists, filmmakers, videographers, public information officers and other communications professionals. The program is home to the prestigious Atwood Chair of Journalism, currently held by independent journalist Julia O'Malley. The University of Alaska Board of Regents established the Public Communications program in 1976. However, the department dates its official founding from 1980, when the department became part of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the name was changed to Journalism and Public Communications. The program was first accredited in 1990.


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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.

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