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.
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.
2. JOUR 203 – Photojournalism: Reporting news through images and graphics; introduction to all aspects of photojournalism, including law, ethics, history and critical decision-making.
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.
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, accurary, privacy and national security. Typically offered spring only.
5. Upper Division Elective: Students may take any upper division course in the program provided they meet any prerequisites or approval of the instructor.
6. Upper Division Elective: Students may take any upper division course in the program provided they meet any prerequisites or approval of the instructor.
Declaring the Minor
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 either meeting with the journalism advisor or by emailing her. Please email her at email@example.com to declare the minor