Department of English

Journalism Minor

Across disciplines

This 21-hour minor draws from the rich array of courses offered by both the English Department and the Communcations Department to give students a broad base of knowledge that applies directly and practically to the world of print, online and broadcast journalism.

Students sharpen their writing, reporting and editing skills, with an eye to becoming part of the professional journalism community. They leave this minor with a firm foundation in the concepts that make a professional in this industry.

Students are further encouraged to create video and audio stories and to explore in depth the world of online news publishing.

Core Courses

Core (9 hours)

ENG 202 Introduction to Journalism
ENG 204 Introduction to Technical Writing
COM 361 Media Law and Ethics
COM 362 Communication Ethics

COM Electives

Choose two courses for 6-hour total

COM 265 Media, Culture and Society I
COM 268 Broadcast Journalism I
COM 280 Introduction to Digital Video Production
COM 465 Media, Culture and Society II

*If not taken as a core course

Bloomberg senior editor Rick green talks to Shirley Mathews' International Journalism class. - Photo by Rory LavertyENG Electives

Choose two courses for 6-hour total

ENG 301 International Journalism
ENG 302 Journalism Workshop
ENG 305 Professional Review Writing
ENG 306 Essay Writing
ENG 310 Theory and Practice of Editing

ENG 311 Professional Magazine Writing
ENG 313 Writing About Sciences
ENG 314 Writing and Technology
ENG 315 Topics in Writing and Rhetoric
ENG:319: Document Design
ENG 322 Language and Meaning
ENG 498 Internship in Writing

Other Courses

Other courses may be counted toward the minor if approved by the program coordinator.

At least 9 elective hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Courses taken to fulfill the Communication Studies major cannot be used to fulfill requirements for the Journalism minor requirements.

A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required in all courses counted toward the journalism minor, and the cumulative grade point average in these courses must be at least 2.5.
Some courses listed above have prerequisites or other entry requirements.

For more information:

Dr. Jennifer Brubaker
Associate Professor & Journalism Minor Coordinator
Department of Communication Studies
Leutze Hall #234