The Journalism minor is designed for students interested in exploring the field of journalism and related careers in the media. The courses in the minor are cross-listed as both Communication and English courses as they have a strong emphasis on writing. Courses with either prefix will qualify for completion of the minor, although students intending to transfer to a four-year journalism program should take the course as a Communication course, with the COM prefix. This may make transferring into a four-year communication or journalism program easier.
Students enrolled in the Communication Studies or the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. programs may qualify for the associate in arts degree with the Journalism minor by completing a minimum of 12 credit hours in journalism courses as part of the regular sequence. Students enrolled in a curriculum other than Communication or Humanities may also meet the requirements of the Journalism minor while meeting the requirements of their own curriculum.
All students enrolled in the minor are required to take ENG/COM 121 (News Literacy, 3 credits) and ENG/COM 122 (Introduction to Journalism, 3 credits). The additional six credits may be selected from among the following three credit courses:
In addition, journalism students are strongly encouraged to become involved with the student-run publications. Students can earn academic credit and get hands-on experience both reporting and editing by attending staff meetings and enrolling in the associated courses: