Minor in Journalism & PR

Course Requirements for the Minor: 21 units

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

The purpose of the minor in Journalism & Public Relations 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

News Pattern: 21 Units

Pattern Core: 12 Units

3 Courses Required

JOUR 255 or 255i - Media Literacy and Civic Values - 3 Units - FS GE WI=255i (Part of the Science, Technology & Values GE Pathway.)

JOUR 260 - Writing for Mass Media - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 130 or ENGL 130

JOUR 320 - Mass Communication Law - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 101; JOUR 260

1 Course Selected From

JOUR 321 - Public Affairs Reporting - 3 Units - FS WP

Prerequisites: JOUR 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, HIST 130, JOUR 260, POLS 155.

JOUR 327 - News Editing and Copyreading - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 260

Electives: 9 Units

3 Courses Selected From:

JOUR 210 - Popular Culture, Mass Media & American Values - 3 Units - FS GE

JOUR 211 - Women, Men & the Media - 3 Units - FS GE

JOUR 313 - International Communication - 3 Units - FS

JOUR 322 - History of American Journalism - 3 Units - FA


Public Relations Pattern: 21 Units

Pattern Core: 12 Units

4 Courses Required

Jour 244 - Intro to Public Relations

JOUR 255 - Media Literacy and Civic Values - 3 Units - FS GE WI (Previously "Into to Online Journalism." Part of the Science, Technology & Values GE Pathway.)

JOUR 260 - Writing for Mass Media - 3 Units - FS

Prerequisites: JOUR 130 or ENGL 130

JOUR 341 - Writing for Public Relations - 3 Units - FS WP

Prerequisites: JOUR 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, HIST 130, JOUR 260, POLS 155.

Electives: 9 Units

3 Courses Selected From:

JOUR 210 - Popular Culture, Mass Media & American Values - 3 Units - FS GE

JOUR 211 - Women, Men & the Media - 3 Units - FS GE

JOUR 313 - International Communication - 3 Units - FS

JOUR 322 - History of American Journalism - 3 Units - FA

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