The Minor in Journalism, Society and Culture, offered by the Department of Journalism, serves students in other majors who would benefit from a deeper understanding of journalism's role in society. Coursework explores the social, political and economic issues that underlie journalism's role in public life. This minor has a natural affinity with the liberal arts and education. It offers students headed toward a range of careers—for instance, community advocacy work, teaching, media research, law, policymaking, public history, global development, and many other fields—a valuable perspective on how contemporary issues in journalism will impact their roles as citizens and professionals.

Campus Location: Main

Contact Information

Carolyn Kitch, PhD, Director and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Journalism
Annenberg Hall, Room 316

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To earn this minor, students must complete a minimum of 18 credits.

Foundational Course
Select one of the following:3
Journalism and Society
Communication and Public Life 1
Intermediate Level Courses
Select one (or both) of the following:3-6
Writing and Reporting
News Literacy
Upper Level Studies Electives
Select four of the following (or three, if you have taken both Intermediate Level courses):12-9
Contemporary Issues in Journalism
Race and Racism in the News
History of Journalism
Ethical Issues in Journalism
Gender and American Mass Media
Journalism and Globalization
Visual Communication
Ethnic and Alternative News Media
The Business of Journalism
Research Colloquium in Journalism Studies
Any 37xx level special topics course
Total Credit Hours18

 For Communication Studies majors only.