Journalism Minor

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The School of Journalism and Strategic Media in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences offers a minor in journalism. Journalism skills can complement almost any major, increasing the value of students as potential employees.

In addition to serving as a minor for another major field, the journalism minor is also a part of the university’s Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree, which is offered both 100 percent online and 100 percent on campus.


The journalism minor can provide you with valuable skills to help you express yourself logically and clearly, and it provides knowledge about the processes that bring news and persuasive messages to print, broadcast and digital outlets.

The journalism minor acquaints you with the history, practice, theory and ethics of the journalism field. It will help you secure specialized knowledge regarding media and society, the fundamentals of journalism, news reporting, journalistic ethics, media technology and media law.

For those entering fields in which employees spread informational messages, the media literacy learned through this minor offers you an advantage in the commercial or nonprofit workplace. For example, a journalism minor can help students develop skills in effective communication systems necessary for customer service and support.

By combining journalism with business and communications coursework, students can prepare themselves for careers that involve marketing and media relations. Students interested in event promotion and planning can also greatly benefit from a journalism minor. Civil service and diversity are two more areas of interest that align well with a journalism minor. 

Although the journalism minor does not prepare you to be a working journalist, it does offer a way to improve your skills for communicating with internal and external audiences. For those who hope to teach classes related to journalism, the minor provides a broad base of knowledge.


The School of Journalism and Strategic Media in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences offers this program. The bachelor’s in journalism program was established in 1931 and is fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Admission to the journalism minor program requires registration through the Fulbright Advising Center. Contact Teresa Scott at

Degree Requirements

In addition to the requirements for your major degree, these are the courses required for the journalism minor.

Course Number Course Name
JOUR 1023 Media and Society
JOUR 1033 Fundamentals of Journalism
JOUR 2003 Writing for Today's Media
JOUR 2053
   or JOUR 2063
Multimedia Journalism
Media Technology
JOUR 3633 Media Law
JOUR 4333 Ethics in Journalism

All but two of the courses are taught in the classroom as well as online. JOUR 2003 and JOUR 2053 are taught online only.

For those who might decide along the way to change their major to journalism, all the courses will serve as prerequisites except for JOUR 2003, JOUR 2053 and JOUR 2063. These three courses will count as electives, but not as prerequisites.