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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 Fall 2016
  • 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 - Reporting and Writing I (3.0 cr)
JOUR 2101 - Editing I: Copy Editing and Layout (3.0 cr)
JOUR 3001 - Reporting and Writing II (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 - Reporting and Writing I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Skill-based course in reporting and writing that introduces the fundamentals used by all jounalists; information gathering; writing basic news stories; professional news style; structure and readability; and interviewing techniques. Examples of professional journalism will be read and discussed. prereq: WRIT 1120
JOUR 2101 - Editing I: Copy Editing and Layout
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Develops the essential skills for editing print and online publications, including copy and picture editing, selecting stories, exercising sound news judgment, developing the writer-reporter relationship, writing headlines, designing and laying out basic pages, using graphics, and understanding fundamental legal and ethical issues that affect publications. prereq: 2001, WRIT 1120; credit will not be granted if already received for 3101
JOUR 3001 - Reporting and Writing II
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