Faculty List
  • K. Burchell, B.A. (McGill), MSc. (London), Ph.D. (London), Assistant Professor
  • S.Yu, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.I.S. (Yonsei), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser), Associate Professor

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Students interested in Journalism have two options: The Specialist (Joint) Program in Journalism and the Major Program in Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures - Journalism Stream.

The Specialist (Joint) Program in Journalism focuses on the critical thinking, research, writing and communications skills needed to examine issues concerning news media, journalism and society. In addition to completing the requirements for the Honours B.A., students pursuing the Specialist (Joint) Program in Journalism will also qualify for the Ontario Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Journalism from Centennial College. In this Specialist (Joint) program, students learn to tell the story from every angle in every media form relevant to today's audiences. Graduates take with them a portfolio demonstrating experience gained from producing a real community newspaper, online publications and internet radio, and are ready for professional careers in the media or in public or private sector communications.

High school students can directly apply to the Specialist (Joint) Program in Journalism. UTSC students interested in pursuing the Specialist (Joint) Program in Journalism can declare this program at the end of year 1, having taken the required JOUA-level courses. Students should note they are required to spend three consecutive sessions (Fall, Winter, and Summer) at Centennial College (The Story Arts Centre in East York), in year 3 of their undergraduate career at UTSC. Note that although 50% is a passing grade at UTSC, a final grade of 60% or above is required in all Centennial College courses in order to continue with the curriculum. Students with final grade between 50% to 60% will have to repeat the course as an extra (EXT) credit. Note that there is a small additional fee charge for the term(s) when you will be at Centennial College. Contact the department for more information.

Students who are interested in the critical analysis of journalism, rather than in becoming a working journalist, may want to consider the Major Program in Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures, which includes a stream in Journalism Studies. For a description of the program, see the Media Studies section of the Calendar.

Program Combination Restrictions in Journalism

The Specialist in Journalism cannot be combined with the Major in Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures.

Experiential Learning and Outreach

For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.