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School of Communications
College of Social Sciences
Crawford 320
2550 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8881
Fax: (808) 956-5396
E-mail: jour@hawaii.edu
Web: www.communications.hawaii.edu


G. Y. Kato, MA (Chair)—broadcast news, law, reporting
A. Auman, PhD—news editing, publication design, media futures
T. J. Brislin, PhD—mass communication, history/trends, ethics
B. D. Keever, PhD—news reporting, coverage of U.S. racial groups
J.J. Lillie, PhD–online journalism, new media, international communication

Degree Offered: BA in journalism

The Academic Program

Journalism (JOUR) education develops the student’s ability to gather, analyze, and organize information and to communicate it clearly, effectively, and responsibly using multiple media platforms. Journalism education embraces the social, cultural and historic contexts of reporting on public and social institutions as well as on individuals and groups. It stresses the importance of a free, vigorous and responsible press to the maintenance of an informed citizenry in order to exercise the rights of self-governance in a democracy. Students learn how journalists also contribute to life-long learning through reports that enlighten and enliven audiences, whether in print, broadcast, online or other new media formats.

The Journalism degree program is professional in its orientation and accepts a limited number of upper-division students each Fall into a two-year program. Admission to the major requires junior standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA and acceptable score on an admission test. Majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA and follow the prescribed course sequencing to remain in the program.

Students are encouraged to work for campus media such as Ka Leo O Hawai‘i or KTUH-FM news and to participate in an extensive program of professional internships.


Advising is mandatory for all journalism majors.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor’s Degree


  • Admission to the major is restricted to students with junior standing, a 3.0 GPA and acceptable score on an admission test. Admission in fall semester only.
  • Journalism Admission Test–Currently enrolled sophomores with at least a 3.0 GPA may take the required test to be admitted to the Journalism Degree Program in the fall semesters by contacting 956-8881 or jour@hawaii.edu.
  • 33 credit hours minimum in journalism courses, following a prescribed sequence
  • Maintenance of 3.0 GPA
  • All students enrolled in journalism classes requiring off-campus assignments must sign a UH Waiver Form—Assumption of Risk and Release

Required Courses

  • JOUR 301, 302, 401, 402, each 6 credits
  • JOUR 365, 460, each 3 credits
  • 3 credits of electives or internship (JOUR 485)

JOUR Courses