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Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities

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Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities

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Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities

For those who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of world culture and history while studying journalism, Carleton offers a Bachelor of Journalism and Humanities degree. Students in this intensive degree program spend about 40 per cent of their time taking core journalism courses. They receive professional training in writing and reporting, professional ethics and media law, and learn the skills appropriate to newspaper, radio, television and new media journalism. BJ-Hum students spend the rest of their time studying art history, classics, literature, philosophy, political science and religion. Few degree programs provide such a balance between focus and breadth.

Program content


First Year

In your first year, you will take a set of two introductory courses that give you a clear understanding of journalism’s role in modern Canadian society, how the media industry developed through the years and how it is shifting today. You’ll also be introduced to basic journalistic principles and professional practices. You will choose your remaining 4.0 credits from courses offered by other departments in the university.

To guarantee your spot in secondyear Journalism you will need a final grade of B+ or above in at least one of your first-year Journalism courses, a B or above in the other, and an overall firstyear average across all 5.0 credits of at least a B.

If you don’t quite meet the requirements but come close, you may also be able to continue. Students with average grades that fall just short are often able to carry on into second year.

Second Year

In your second year, you’ll do more hands-on work in a basic digital course, where you’ll learn how to use tools such as social media and photography. Small class sizes allow for intensive instruction in your year-long reporting workshop, which will teach you how to gather, organize, write and report information—the fundamental elements of any form of journalism. Your other second-year journalism course will focus on the laws connected to your work in the media, from freedom of speech to rules governing such things as privacy and libel.

Third Year

In third year, you will advance to more specialized work in news and analytical reporting, and in writing, multimedia and journalism ethics. You will also participate in intensive newsroom workshops to learn the basics of radio and television news reporting.

Fourth Year

In fourth year, students select a workshop per term to produce broadcasts and publications distributed to the public, as well as take a full-year specialized reporting course.

Humanities core seminars and courses

Year One

  • Myth and Symbol
  • Classical Mythology
  • Early Human Cultures
  • Varieties of Religious Experience

Year Two

  • Reason and Revelation
  • Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • Art from Antiquity to the Medieval World
  • Modern European Art

Year Three

  • Culture and Imagination
  • Continental European Literature
  • Western Music

Year Four

  • Politics, Modernity and the Common Good
  • Science in the Modern World
  • Modern Intellectual History
  • Research Seminars

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Standard Fee: CAD 34,598.07

Career paths


The Workplace

Carleton Journalism graduates have distinguished themselves in virtually every aspect of journalism and in a wide range of related fields including public relations, marketing, communications and government service.

Every year, news organizations from across the country visit the school to recruit our graduates. We alert you to employment opportunities—full-time, part-time and during the summer—and we organize career seminars to help you land that all-important first job.






International relations officer




Public servant

Policy analyst

Foreign service worker


Business person

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Carleton University

Carleton University is located in beautiful Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Carleton is committed to giving back through education while pursuing contributions to the common good. These founding values are at the heart of the university’s focus on research, community...

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Why study at Carleton University

Why Carleton?

  • A large percentage of Canada’s major medical, clinical and life science research centres are located in the Ottawa area, as well as a growing technology industry with over 1,900 companies.
  • The majority of their programs feature work-study opportunities (known as “co-op”), that allow students to gain full-time, paid employment related to their academic program.
  • Carleton is a close-knit, supportive and diverse community. This includes academic support, help with jobs and career, health and counselling, student life, athletics, and 300+ student-run clubs and societies. Students come from 140+ countries and have many opportunities to get involved in community-building activities both on and off-campus.
  • Campus is a green oasis, nestled between the Rideau River, Rideau Canal and Dow’s Lake. Their self-contained campus and focus on community encourage student interaction, which can provide you with both valuable communication skills and lasting friendships.
  • Qualified applicants are automatically offered entrance scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $16,000 CAD over four years, and a place in one of Carleton’s on-campus residences.

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1125 Colonel By Drive
K1S 5B6 Ottawa Ontario

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