Students who minor in Journalism learn to identify news, develop story ideas, report information, interview subjects and write and/or broadcast using journalistic style. The program emphasizes engagement with the news and professional ethics. Students are required to read newspapers and magazines, watch quality television news shows and listen to radio news. The program prepares students for jobs with newspapers, magazines, Internet sites and radio and television stations. It also helps students in related fields, such as public relations, political and corporate communications, and nonprofit organizations, understand how the media works. The minor supports discipline-specific majors such as Political Science, History and Sociology, but is ideal for students seeking careers in a range of fields.
Above all, the Journalism minor teaches students to be more thoughtful consumers of news and, in turn, more responsible citizens. They learn to analyze and assess the information they receive from both print and electronic sources. This is a valuable skill for students whether or not they attend graduate school, or if they pursue a career in the liberal arts or in business.
The Journalism minor requires 15 hours of core course work with an additional six hours of Journalism electives. A total of 21 hours of completed course work will be required to earn a minor in Journalism.
Journalism Minor Requirements (doc)
For course descriptions, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.