College of Social Sciences
School of Communication and Information
2550 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8881
Fax: (808) 956-5396


*Graduate Faculty

B. Oppegaard, PhD (Program Director)—multimedia journalism, writing, news literacy
A. Auman, PhD—news literacy, multimedia reporting, editing, media ethics, publication design, race, ethnicity, and media
J. Gorbach, PhD—multimedia journalism, media history

Degree Offered: BA in journalism

The Academic Program

Journalism (JOUR) education develops News Literacy, Multimedia Production skills, and abilities for both Storytelling and Breaking News by improving critical thinking skills and training students to gather, analyze, and organize information and to communicate it clearly, effectively, and responsibly. Our students use multiple media platforms, including print, broadcast, online, social media, and other new and emerging media forms. Journalism education embraces the social, cultural, and historical 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 and practical in its orientation. Students are encouraged to work for campus media, such as the student newspaper, Ka Leo O Hawai‘i, and the campus radio station, KTUH-FM news, but they also are supported in an extensive program of professional internships and through the UH Mānoa 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 open to all students who have been admitted to UH Mānoa.
  • 30 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 programsheets/.

Required Courses

  • 7 required courses: JOUR 150, 200, 250, 300, 330, 460, and 481, each 3 credits
  • 3 required electives: 9 credits of electives, practicum, or internship