Minor in Journalism Studies

Carolyn Kitch, Ph.D., Director
330B Annenberg Hall


This minor serves students in other majors who would benefit from a deeper understanding of journalism's role in society. The coursework explores the political, economic, cultural, sociological, global, and ethical issues that underlie journalism's role in contemporary public life. This minor has a natural affinity with the liberal arts. It also offers students headed toward a range of careers - for instance, law, education, policymaking, community service, public history, and many other fields - a valuable perspective on how contemporary issues in journalism will impact their roles as citizens and professionals in an increasingly interconnected world.


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
Research Fundamentals Course
JRN 2701Approaches to Research in Journalism Studies3
Intermediate Level Course
Select one of the following:3
The Practice and Process of News
News Literacy
Upper Level Studies Electives
Select at least three of the following courses: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
Research Colloquium in Journalism Studies
Any 37xx level special topics course
Total Credit Hours18