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Journalism (BA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning
Co-op

Why study Journalism?

Prepare for the future of news. You’ll become a first-rate journalist, and a future decision-maker, capable of thinking critically and leading journalism in new directions. In our program, you can learn a range of current production skills, cover the same events as working journalists, do internships that give you valuable newsroom experience, and graduate functionally bilingual.

Your professional training balances practical skills with theory and analysis. Our production workshops apply newsroom standards to every assignment, and our seminars focus on the social, economic, political and ideological contexts in which journalism is practised.

You’ll benefit from small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities that replicate modern newsrooms. We equip you with the storytelling tools you need to work in journalism and to adapt to this ever-changing profession.

You’ll graduate a skilled journalist, able to think critically about your profession and our society.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three to four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Concentration

  • Major in Journalism (45 credits)

To graduate with a Major in Journalism, you must demonstrate a working knowledge of French. This can be demonstrated in two ways:

  1. A test of oral proficiency (interview) in French to be taken during your first year of study
    OR
  2. Pass course FRAN 305  (note that you may be required to take prerequisite courses prior to FRAN 305)

You are not required to demonstrate working knowledge of French if:

  • You attended a French-language high school (you must provide a copy of your transcript from the school and not the government)
    OR
  • You attended a French CEGEP
    OR
  • You are an international student paying international student fees up to your time of graduation.

The 45-credit BA Major for students who want to major in journalism and pursue a second major in another discipline (such as history or political science); or for those who major in journalism and declare a minor in another discipline.


Courses


Co-op program

The Co-op program gives Journalism students the opportunity to alternate periods of full-time academic study with periods of paid, full-time work terms at participating news organizations in Montreal and other parts of Canada.

Co-op students graduate with job-search skills, enhanced personal and professional skills as well as a year’s worth of work experience in journalism. While the Co-op program is optional, it is competitive, and admission is based upon the student's incoming academic record as well as an interview.


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 22
  • High School: B-
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B-
  • Bacc. français: 12
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27  

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:


Additional requirements for admission

The following items must be uploaded to Concordia University:

  • Letter of intent 
  • English test (except for Canadian and American applicants)
  • PDF copy of transcripts

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.



After your degree

After graduation, you’ll join the ranks of successful alumni who inform and entertain hundreds of thousands of readers, listeners and viewers every day. They report everywhere, from Afghanistan to London. They write about arts and culture, cover local beats for community newspapers, anchor and produce broadcasts, and establish blogs on innumerable topics.

But you are not bound to the field of journalism. Your journalistic skills might take you down many possible career paths, including:

  • Print, broadcast or web-based media
  • Law
  • Diplomacy
  • Public relations and corporate communications
  • Advertising

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