The minor consists of 18 credits, beginning with the gateway course JOU 270, Introduction to Journalism. JOU 278, News Literacy, is a second required course and can be taken at any time. Students take 12 hours of elective credit, which can be drawn from upper level JOU courses or a list of courses in other departments across the College. Students may only count one elective toward another major or minor. Students may also take Journalism courses for general elective credit.

Required Minor Courses
JOU 270Introduction to Journalism *3
JOU 278News Literacy **3
Select four additional Journalism Course Electives12

Those completing the minor are encouraged to consider their specific interests and how best to prepare for opportunities in specialized journalism or writing. In that regard, two electives could come from upper-level, non-journalism interdisciplinary courses that would enable further specialized expertise (explanation below under electives). Pre-approval of such elective credits must be made by the director of journalism.

Electives for Journalism

The practice of journalism, with its central role in American democracy and culture, requires students to tell compelling stories in a range of media. Increasingly, journalism is also a data-driven field, with some of the most important stories of our time based on the analysis of data. Students may pick one course from the following list to fulfill elective credit in Journalism. With approval of the director, students interested in tailoring the minor to a particular interest have the option of selecting a second interdisciplinary elective from the list below or choosing one upper-level course not listed below.

Please refer to departmental listings for more detail on each course.

Storytelling Courses
ART 114Introduction to Film and Video Art4
ART 119Introduction to Photography4
ART 120Introduction to Digital Photography4
ART 214Film and Video Art: Site Specific4
ART 224Film and Video Art: Cyberspace4
ART 229Digital Photography4
ART 232Design Studio: Visualization of Ideas4
COM 216On-Camera Performance3
COM 247Foundations of Digital Media3
COM 309Visual Storytelling3
COM 310Advanced Digital Media3
COM 316Screenwriting3
COM 365Imagination Project3
CRW 287Creative Nonfiction Workshop3
CRW 397Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop3
ENV 306Topics in Environmental Studies1-4
HST 367Public History3
WGS/ENT 326Telling Women's Lives: Writing about Entrepreneurs, Activists, and Thought Leaders3
WRI 210Advanced Academic Writing3
WRI 212Literary Nofiction: Art of the Essay3
WRI 320Writing in and about Science: Scientists as Writers and Writers as Scientists3
Computer, Technology and Information Literacy Courses
CSC 101Overview of Computer Science4
CSC 111Introduction to Computer Science4
CSC 321Database Management Systems3
CSC 322Data Management and Analytics3
CSC 361Digital Media3
CSC 363Computer Graphics3
Media, Democracy and Culture Courses
COM 245Introduction to Mass Communication3
COM 304Freedom of Speech3
COM 319Media Ethics3
HST 362American Constitutional History3
POL 217Politics and the Mass Media3
WGS 271Making Sense of the News Through a Feminist Lens1-3