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AB in Journalism in the Philippines

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program (ABJ) is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in the different aspects of writing for newspapers, magazines, as well as in radio and television broadcasting. The program aims to produce graduates who are ethical, competent and have a deep understanding of the production and media’s influence on the society as a whole.

Admission requirements for AB in Journalism program in the Philippines


  • Must have the original and photocopy of the high school report card (form 138)
  • Must have recommendation from High school principal and guidance counsellor
  • Must have most recent medical and dental health record
  • Must take and pass the college entrance examination
  • Must have a copy of NSO certified birth certificate
  • Must have a certificate of good moral character
  • Must have a copy of the honourable dismissal
  • Must have a copy of the high school diploma
  • One 2”x 2” copy of latest photo

Duration of Bachelor of Science in AB in Journalism program in the Philippines


The AB in Journalism program takes 4 years to complete.

Subjects included in the AB in Journalism program


  • Contemporary Issues & Special Problems in Mass Communications
  • Mass Communication Theory & Research
  • Society and Media Communications
  • Techniques of Vocabulary Building
  • Literature of the Western World
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Chemistry: Man & Environment
  • History of Mass Communication
  • American National Government
  • Law and Mass communications
  • Personal & Community Health
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Advance Computer Concepts
  • Graphics of Communication
  • Multiculturalism & Media
  • Comparative Mass Media
  • Elementary Photography
  • Principles of Geography
  • Principles of Economics
  • Advertising Campaigns
  • Logic: Critical Thinking
  • Advertising Principles
  • Communication Skills
  • Promotional Writing
  • Contemporary Math
  • History of Civilization
  • Principles of Speech
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Computer Literacy
  • Art Appreciation
  • Feature Writing
  • Ethics in Media
  • TV Production
  • News Writing
  • Basic Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Web Design
  • Humanities
  • PR Practice
  • Biology

Career opportunities for graduates of AB in Journalism program in the Philippines


  • Reporter
  • Assistant Editor
  • Reporter for Newspapers
  • Broadcaster
  • Editor
  • Correspondent
  • Writer
  • Public Relations (PR) Manager
  • Public Relations (PR) Director
  • Public Relations Practitioner
  • Communications Specialist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Information Officer
  • Managing Editor
  • Scriptwriter
  • Researcher
  • Copywriter
  • Lecturer
  • Publicist

Reviews of AB in Journalism graduates:

G. C.
Studied Bachelor of Arts Major in Journalism
at University of Santo Tomas , Manila
Graduated: 1996

Why did I choose this course:
I liked to write.

About my college education:
Learned a lot, especially the technical aspects of writing. How to write/construct properly developed thoughts. The exams were fairly easy.

To succeed in this course, it's important that you have an insatiable thirst for knowledge (or the truth. It is journalism, after all.) and you must have mad research skills.

My current job:
I'm presently the Managing Director of an advertising agency. I'm responsible for the creative and strategic direction of the brands that we handle.

Am I using what I learned in college:
I learned a good deal about time management in college. That proved very useful in my professional and personal life. I also developed my research skills back in college.

Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Arts Major in Journalism:
For those who think that it could be a meal ticket, sorry, you'd be better off taking a different course. Journalism in this country does not pay that much, but it could be quite rewarding. And I'm not just talking about seeing your byline in some broadsheet or magazine. I still believe that Journalism, when practiced right, is a noble profession. Journalism is a very interesting, exciting career!

As for salary, I believe the starting rate these days is around 18k. That's okay for a newbie with no staggering bills to think about. But the rate goes up as your career advances.



Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
You have to be sure that this is what you want.
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