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Journalism Minor

English Linguistics and Writing Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 21
The journalism minor provides a foundation in reporting and editing skills for students interested in jobs requiring strong writing and copy editing skills.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students majoring in Writing Studies in either emphasis (Professional Writing or Journalism) must complete a minor or second major in a field other than Journalism, Professional Writing, or Information Design.
Core Courses (12 cr)
JOUR 2001 - Introduction to Journalism (3.0 cr)
JOUR 2101 - Journalist's Toolbox (3.0 cr)
JOUR 3001 - Local Journalism (3.0 cr)
JOUR 3700 - Media Law and Ethics (3.0 cr)
Electives (9 cr)
Take at least three different JOUR course(s) totaling nine credits from the following: JOUR 1xxx - 5xxx
(Students may substitute relevant WRIT or LING courses with department consent.)
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JOUR 2001 - Introduction to Journalism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Gateway course for journalism. Draws on a craft-based, digital-first approach to introduce students to fundamentals used by all journalists: information gathering, audience engagement, writing stories, basic news practices and ethics, news style, structure and readability, and interviewing techniques. Students also analyze various styles of journalism and talk about core theoretical concepts behind journalism and mass communication.
JOUR 2101 - Journalist's Toolbox
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Exposes students to the always-changing tools that can be used in journalistic storytelling. The course is designed for students interested in using these journalistic tools in myriad disciplines: journalism, public relations, marketing, design and various communication-related disciplines. prereq: 2001, WRIT 1120; credit will not be granted if already received for 3101
JOUR 3001 - Local Journalism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Skills-based that builds on JOUR 2001. Write publishable news stories based on field work and interviews. Emphasis on fully-developed, multi-source news stories that are fair and complete. Expand interview and research skills, and become familiar with the wide range of information available in public documents. prereq: 2001
JOUR 3700 - Media Law and Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Examines laws, regulations and major court decisions that affect journalists and news organizations. Topics include First Amendment principles of press freedom, libel, invasion of privacy, prior restraint, access to information, and the regulation of electronic media content. prereq: Writ 1120