The Minor in Journalism

Course Requirements for the Minor: 21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

The purpose of the Minor in Journalism is to offer students the opportunity to build a knowledge and skills base in the professional fields of news and public relations. Students selecting this minor can enhance their employment desirability by learning an array of media writing and conceptual skills. Students also can expect to achieve a detailed understanding of the role of journalism in society, thus enhancing a general liberal arts education.

Select one of the following patterns.

Public Relations Pattern: 21 units

Pattern Core: 12 units

4 courses required:

JOUR 244 Introduction to Public Relations 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of JOUR 260 for Journalism majors.

This course is also offered as POLS 244.

JOUR 255 Introduction to Online Journalism 3.0 FS
JOUR 260 Writing for Mass Media 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
JOUR 341 Writing For Public Relations 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, JOUR 244, JOUR 260.

Electives: 9 units

3 courses selected from:

JOUR 310 Entertainment, Mass Media, and American Cultures 3.0 FS *
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
JOUR 311 Women, Men, and the Media 3.0 SP *

This course is also offered as WMST 311.

JOUR 313 International Communication 3.0 FS
JOUR 322 History of American Journalism 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

News-Editorial Pattern: 21 units

Pattern Core: 12 units

3 courses required:

JOUR 255 Introduction to Online Journalism 3.0 FS
JOUR 260 Writing for Mass Media 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
JOUR 320 Mass Communication Law 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 101, JOUR 260.

1 course selected from:

JOUR 321 Public Affairs Reporting 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, HIST 130, JOUR 260, POLS 155.
JOUR 327 News Editing and Copyreading 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

Electives: 9 units

3 courses selected from:

JOUR 310 Entertainment, Mass Media, and American Cultures 3.0 FS *
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
JOUR 311 Women, Men, and the Media 3.0 SP *

This course is also offered as WMST 311.

JOUR 313 International Communication 3.0 FS
JOUR 322 History of American Journalism 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: JOUR 260.

Substitutions in course electives or prerequisites may be allowed with the permission of the departmental advisor.