School of Communications
College of Social Sciences
Crawford 320
2550 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8881
Fax: (808) 956-5396


*Graduate Faculty

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

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. Majors should follow the recommended course sequencing. All students must take either ICS 101, 110, 111, or LTEC 112 before enrolling in JOUR 470 and above.

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 open to all students who have been admitted to UH Manoa.
  • 36 credit hours minimum in journalism courses.
  • Students are required to take LTEC 112 or ICS 101, or 110 or 111 or equivalent before taking JOUR 470, 471, 480, and 481.
  • 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

  • JOUR 150, 200, 250, 300, 330, 365, 460, 470, 471, 480, and 481, each 3 credits
  • 3 credits of electives or internship