Bachelor of Arts degree program
4 Years (8 Semesters)
123 Credit Hours
Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

Program overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Journalism is designed to reflect the innovations of the modern media age. Our perception of the world around us is now being shaped, not only by traditional news media, but also by social media and digital outlets, which are playing an increasing role in the way we are informed. This program will develop your understanding of the changing players and roles in the field of news media, and help you to build the necessary skills to have an influential voice in our future technology-driven society.

Program benefits

CUD's Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Journalism, will prepare you to work in the dynamic world of new media. You will have the skills and knowledge to publish, edit, produce and research journalism content within local and international markets and on different platforms. The industry-focused curriculum will prepare you for positions in news reporting and editing, print media layout and design, online news collection and dissemination, as well as social media.

Graduate careers

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Journalism program, you will have the qualification and skills to pursue career opportunities such as:

  • Content Creator and Marketer
  • Copywriter
  • Speech Writer
  • Grant Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Corporate Communications Specialist
  • Editor
  • Reporter
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Sports Information Director
  • Photojournalist
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Magazine Features Editor
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Publishing Copyeditor/Proof-reader
  • Web Content Manager
  • Electronic Media Specialist
  • Online Journalist

Program Structure

Program Requirements

Requirements Compulsory
Credit Hours
Credit Hours
Credit Hours
Credit Hours
University Requirement (UR) 24 9   33
Faculty Requirements (Core) (CR.H.) 45 -   45
Concentration (Major) (MJ) 24 9   33
Free Elective (FE)   - 12 12
Total 93 18 12 123

Core Requirements

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite Credit Hours
MCM 100 Introduction to Mass Communications   3
MCM 110 Communication Theories MCM-100 3
MCM 120 Communication Research Methods MCM-110 3
MCM 130 Media Ethics and Laws MCM-100 3
MCM 200 Introduction to Political Sciences MCM-100 3
MGT 202 Principles of Management   3
MCM 210 Media Sociology MCM-110 3
MCM 220 Media Impact MCM-110 3
MCM 230 Principles of Economics   3
MCM 310 Internet & Social Networks   3
MCM 320 Computerized Media Archiving   3
MCM 330 Literary & Artistic Criticism MCM-100 3
MCM 410 Political Geography MCM-200 3
MCM 420 Modern World History MCM-410 3
MCM 430 Media Internship 81 credits 3

Concentration Requirements

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite Credit Hours
JRN 205 Journalistic Translation (1)   3
JRN 210 Layout & Graphic Design   3
JRN 305 News Writing & Editing MCM-100 3
JRN 315 News Editing (1) JRN-305 3
JRN 215 Online Journalism MCM-310 3
JRN 410 Digital Storytelling JRN-305 3
JRN 420 Website Design JRN-215 3
JRN 430 Graduation Project in Journalism Graduating Semester 3


Students select three courses (9 CR.H.) from the following list:

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite Credit Hours
JRN 207 News Editing (2) JRN-315 3
JRN 217 Journalistic Translation (2) JRN-205 3
JRN 317 Digital Photography MCM-100 3
JRN 318 Media Convergence JRN-215 3
JRN 435 The Press in the UAE MCM-100 3