In consultation with their advisers, students who are majoring in another discipline may pursue a minor in journalism. Because journalism is a popular career choice for students in other units—art and art history, business, communication, English, sociology, women and gender studies, and other fields in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Media, Communication and Information and the Leeds School of Business—we offer an 18-credit hour journalism minor (six courses) with the courses and options listed under the Requirements tab.


Students must complete 18 credit hours of coursework toward the minor with a grade of C- or better and an overall GPA in the minor of 2.0. Students may apply no more than six credit hours of transfer work, including three hours of upper-division credit.

Students will take two required courses, JRNL 1000 and JRNL 2000, which will introduce them to a range of possible interests from broadcasting to print and online media to digital and emerging media and writing for the media. After successfully completing JRNL 1000 and 2000, students should select one 2000-level course and three 3000- or 4000-level journalism courses. 

Students may emphasize conceptual and theory courses, may select skills courses that help to prepare them for possible careers, or complete a combination of the two. Students in the minor may take up to three credits of independent study and three credits of internship. Students may apply no more than six credit hours of transfer work, including three hours of upper-division credit.

Students may not use the same JRNL course for the JRNL major or minor and the sports media minor with the exception of JRNL 3804.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Course
JRNL 1000Principles of Journalism and Networked Communication3
JRNL 2000Writing for the Media3
Select one 2000-level JRNL course from the following:3
Fundamentals of Reporting Technologies
Race and Sports Journalism
Journalism Ethics and History in Film
Media Coverage of Diverse Populations
Select three 3000- or 4000-level JRNL courses9
Photojournalism I
Concepts in Visual Culture
Critical Perspectives on Journalism
Covering Political Campaigns
History of Broadcasting
History of Digital Journalism
History of Documentary Film
History of Journalism
Sociology of News
Social Media Storytelling
Online Production and Editing
Audio Storytelling and Podcasting
Video News Production
Media Law and Ethics
JRNL 3674
Intermediate Reporting
Principles of Media Relations
Photojournalism Portfolio
Literary Journalism
Video Documentary Production
Reporting Wars, Conflict and Peace
Video News Reporting
News and Public Perception
Journalism and Social Identity
International Media and Global Crises
Reporting 3
Data Journalism
Digital Journalism
Total Credit Hours18