The journalism minor provides students skills and knowledge — including information gathering, writing, photography, video, web development and media literacy — to enhance their careers and community. The 18-credit program is intended to help students effectively gather facts, critically evaluate them and disseminate them clearly through a variety of media to their co-workers, employers and fellow citizens. The minor emphasizes skills in online communication and applying journalistic practices to enhance civic engagement. The minor is not intended to provide students an education that would prepare them for a career in journalism — that is still something intended for majors — but the minor can help students intending to go into other careers communicate more effectively and become better informed citizens.
Declaring the Minor
PLEASE NOTE: To become a journalism minor, you must be declared into the minor. There are no pre-requisites, but students can only declare the minor by meeting or emailing Paloma Boykin, academic adviser. Contact her by email.
All of the classes are by experienced faculty — all with professional journalism experience — and some classes are taught online to provide students the most flexibility. The program is designed so that you complete many of the classes over the summer online or during the fall or spring semester in person.
1. JOUR 105 – Principles of Journalism: This survey course provides an overview of news journalism, its history, future and role in a democratic society. It will cover the basics of journalism values, principles, law, ethics, writing and reporting. This class is offered in summer pre-session as a hybrid class meeting in person for one week and online for the final two weeks. It also is offered in person in fall and spring.
2. JOUR 203 – Photojournalism: Reporting news through images and graphics; introduction to all aspects of photojournalism, including law, ethics, history and critical decision-making. This class is offered in both fall and spring semesters in person.
3. JOUR 205 – Reporting the News: Gathering, evaluating, and writing news. Completion of this course with a grade of C or better also satisfies the Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA) requirement. This course is offered online in the summer and in person fall and spring.
4. JOUR 439 – Ethics and Diversity in the News Media: Analysis of ethical theory and how it relates to journalists' roles and responsibilities in a democratic society. Case studies involve questions of bias, accuracy, privacy and national security. This course is offered online in the summer or in person during the spring semester.
5. Upper Division Elective: Students may take any upper division course in the program provided they meet any prerequisites or receive approval of the instructor. Classes may include multimedia journalism, broadcast journalism, science journalism, sports journalism, product development, media and terrorism and many more. Check out the full list of classes here.
6. Upper Division Elective: Students may take any upper division course in the program provided they meet any prerequisites or receive approval of the instructor. Classes may include multimedia journalism, broadcast journalism, science journalism, sports journalism, product development, media and terrorism and many more. Check out the full list of classes here.