Department of English

The English Department offers a Journalism minor.

The Journalism minor provides an invaluable bridge between the University and a committed, practical engagement with the crucial issues of the day. It brings together into one arena a cluster of important issues: research and investigation; clear expression; the writer’s responsibility; public and private ethics; the demands of editing; intellectual property rights; and all the concerns and challenges that face the modern journalist, critic, essayist and public intellectual writing in a complex and diverse democracy.

The Journalism minor offers our students a crucial element of critical literacy and scholarly critique. Housed in the English Department, the minor engages and honors the English Department’s expertise in the practice of writing. The minor’s interdisciplinary approach enables students to combine their passion for storytelling, truth-telling, and their commitment to social justice. Combining an old-school journalistic commitment to ethics with a new school new media multiplatform approach, the minor enhances students’ understanding of the quickly changing media topography. This minor complements a vast array of major fields of study across the College. Additionally, it enhances future career opportunities for students by underscoring their academic and professional journalistic achievements during their college years.



Students must take six classes to complete the minor, four required and two electives. The required:

  • JOUR-100    Introduction to Journalism (offered fall and spring)
  • JOUR-200    Digital News (offered fall and spring)
  • JOUR-350    Media Techniques (offered spring only)
  • JOUR-490    Journalism Capstone (offered spring only)

The required sequence is as follows:

  • JOUR-100    Introduction to Journalism, the gateway for the minor, must be taken first
  • JOUR-200    Digital News should be taken after Introduction to Journalism and preferably before the two electives.
  • Media Techniques must be taken after “Introduction to Journalism”
  • The Journalism Capstone must be taken in a student’s senior spring semester

The list of electives below is not comprehensive, and typically, two JOUR electives are offered each semester. Current lists of courses will be maintained by the Minor Director and the College Dean’s Office. Courses that students wish to count toward their electives that are not on the list must be presented for review to the Minor Director before the student takes the course.

  • JOUR-361 Feature Writing
  • JOUR-363 Art of Editing
  • JOUR-364 Living Out Loud: Writing for Radio
  • JOUR-365 Covering Sports
  • JOUR-366 Food Writing
  • JOUR-367 Media Law in the Digital Age
  • JOUR-368 Media and Social Justice
  • JOUR-369 The Reported Memoir
  • JOUR-370 Magazine Writing in the Digital Age
  • JOUR-372 The Interview
  • JOUR-373/ENGL-299 Washington Confidential
  • JOUR-374 Video News Production
  • JOUR-375 Free Speech
  • ARAB-213 Arabic Media I
  • ARTS-162 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • ENGL-241 Literary Representations: NYC
  • ENGL-256 Documentary
  • ENGL-282 Creative Non-Fiction Writing
  • ENGL-294 Writing to be Heard
  • ENGL-458 The Writer’s Perspective
  • AMST-379 Sports Personalities of the 20th Century
  • FMST-350 Film Festival Studies
  • FMST-355 Documentary Film: History and Theory
  • FMST-399 CBL: Social Justice Documentary
  • GOVT-393 American Politics and the Media
  • JUPS-333 Alternative Media and Post-Colonial Communication
  • MUSC-161 Writing About Music
  • MUSC-251 Audio for Documentary
  • MUSC-270 The Music Documentary
  • MUSC-361 Seminar in Radio
  • SEST-601 Media, Public Opinion and National Security

Journalism minor candidates interested in doing a second internship for academic credit can do a one-credit tutorial (JOUR-302) if they have successfully completed Media Techniques.


Students will apply as sophomores during their spring semester. Eligibility to apply will be based on overall academic performance and the strength of the application essay. Demonstration of interest in journalism, such as prior newsroom experience through internships and/or campus news media participation, is also very important.

For more information on the minor, see

(For course listings for Journalism see