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Journalism Minor (Fall 2021)

The minor in journalism is open to students majoring in all fields except to those majoring in journalism. This professionally-oriented program provides students with effective written and visual communication skills with a focus on news and feature storytelling.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Create thorough and compelling news and feature stories by discovering, evaluating and interviewing diverse sources, observing, doing computer-assisted research, requesting and accessing documents, producing quality audio and video, and publishing professional-level content on appropriate online platforms;
  • Craft effective messages by writing correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the media and communication professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  • Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the media and communication professions in which they work;
  • Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  • Think critically, creatively and independently;
  • Conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the media and communication professions in which they work;
  • Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  • Outline the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping media and communication.

Communication Foundation Core Requirements (10 credits)
    COM 201 - Introduction to Mass Communication Credits: (5)
    COM 207 - Introduction to Human Communication Credits: (5)

Journalism Basics (4 credits)
    COM 226 - Media Writing and Reporting I Credits: (4)

Tools for Media Reporting (11-12 credits)
Choose any three courses from the following:
    COM 303 - Online and Social Media Strategies Credits: (4)
    COM 310 - Broadcast Journalism Credits: (4)
    COM 321 - Visual Storytelling Credits: (4)
    COM 326 - Media Writing and Reporting II Credits: (4)
    COM 342 - Broadcast News Producing Credits: (4)
    COM 347 - Media Copyediting Credits: (3)
    COM 408 - Feature Writing Credits: (4)
    COM 409 - Freelance Writing Credits: (4)
    COM 486 - Advanced Journalism Seminar Credits: (4)

Student Media (3 credits)
Select one course from the following. Students in the minor program are eligible to take each of these courses for 3 credits only.
    COM 442 - Central News Watch Credits: (3-6)
    COM 444 - The Observer Credits: (3-6)
    COM 446 - PULSE magazine Credits: (3-6)



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