May 22, 2024  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism Studies Minor

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Journalism studies students select a major in a field of their interest and then build around the major a series of courses in media studies, writing, visual arts and analysis of contemporary culture, politics or science.  Students are required to fulfill an internship in newspaper, web or public relations work. The program will require reflective writing and students will also be encouraged to attend the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, the American University Washington Journalism Semester, or the Boston University London Internship in Journalism.

The liberal arts provide excellent preparation for a career in journalism. This program emphasizes research, critical analysis, and creativity, supplemented by on-the-job training. The minor in journalism studies, combined with practical experience and reflective learning, will prepare a student from any major to enter a graduate program in journalism or an entry-level job in the field.

Minor requirements

The minor consists of a minimum of six courses, only one of which may be counted both for the minor and for the student’s major. In addition, the student is required to complete an internship of at least six weeks.




Research Methods

Written or Visual Production

At least one course from:

Additional Courses

At least two courses from the list below (students may petition to the Journalism Studies Advisory Committee for approval of other courses, which may then be added to the list). Only one of the journalism studies courses may count toward the student’s major, although many courses from the major may count as part of the journalism Studies. That is, a political science major may take many courses in the major from the list below (Media and Politics, African American Politics, Congress), but only one of them will count toward the minor the political science student must take at least five journalism studies courses outside of the Political Science department.


Electronic portfolio of clips, photos or film, to be compiled and assessed with the journalism studies advisor.

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