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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
Email: jour@hawaii.edu
Web: www.communications.hawaii.edu


*A. Auman, PhD—multimedia reporting, editing, media ethics, publication design, race, ethnicity, gender and media
G. Y. Kato, MA—broadcast news, law, reporting

Degree Offered: BA in journalism

The Academic Program

Journalism (JOUR) education develops students' critical thinking skills and ability to gather, analyze, and organize information and to communicate it clearly, effectively, and responsibly using multiple media platforms such as print, broadcast, online, and other new media. 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.

The journalism degree program is professional in its orientation. Admission to the major requires sophomore standing with a minimum 2.5 GPA after completion of JOUR 250 with a B or better. Majors should follow the recommended course sequencing. All students wishing to enroll in JOUR 250 and above must have earned a C or better in ENG 100. All students must take either ICS 101 or 110 or 111 before enrolling in JOUR 401 or 402.

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 and the UH Manoa chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).


Advising is mandatory for all journalism majors.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor’s Degree


  • Admission to the major is restricted to students with sophomore standing and at least a 2.5 GPA after completion of JOUR 250 with a B or better.
  • Students are required to take ICS 101 or 110 or 111 or equivalent before taking 400-level courses.
  • 33 credit hours minimum in journalism courses.
  • All students enrolled in journalism classes requiring off-campus assignments must sign a UH Waiver Form—Assumption of Risk and Release.

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.

Required Courses

  • OUR 250, 300, 320, 330, 365, 460, each 3 credits
  • JOUR 401 and 402, each 6 credits
  • 3 credits of electives or internship

JOUR Courses