In consultation with their advisers, students who are majoring in another discipline may pursue a minor in journalism. Because journalism is a popular career choice for students in other units—art and art history, business, communication, English, sociology, women’s and gender studies, and other fields in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Media, Communication and Information, and the Leeds School of Business—we would like to propose an 18-credit hour Journalism minor (six courses) with the following requirements.
Students will take only one required course, JRNL 1000: Principles of Journalism and Networked Communication (3 hours), which will introduce them to a range of possible interests from broadcasting to print and online media to digital and emerging media. Students may want to emphasize conceptual and theory courses, may select skills courses that help to prepare them for possible careers, or complete a combination of the two.
After successfully completing JRNL 1000, students should select one 2000-level course (3 hours) and four 3000- or 4000-level courses (12 hours).
Available courses include, but are not limited to, Fundamentals of Reporting, a prerequisite for several applied journalism classes and Media Law and Ethics, a prerequisite for Advanced Media Ethics. In addition, they may choose among Covering Political Campaigns; Editing and Presentation; Advanced Reporting; TV Reporting; Opinion Writing; Arts and Cultural Reporting; Feature Writing; Media Coverage of Diverse Populations; Concepts in Visual Culture; Critical Perspectives on Journalism; History of Documentary Film; and History of Journalism. Additional options include CU News Corps; History of Broadcasting; History of Digital Journalism; Sociology of News; Literary Journalism; International Media and Global Crises; and Reporting War, Conflict and Peace. They may also take News and Public Perception; Reporting on the Environment; and Principles of Media Relations.
Students must complete all classes with a grade of "C-" or better and an overall GPA in the minor of 2.0. Students may apply no more than six credit hours of transfer work, including three hours of upper-division credit.
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