The Journalism Program offers a Journalism minor.

Georgetown’s undergraduate Journalism Program provides a bridge between an interdisciplinary, service-oriented liberal arts education and the practice of journalism, drawing on the university’s vast academic resources while bringing some of the top reporters in the nation and the world to campus, and students to newsrooms and newsmaking events in Washington, D.C. and beyond. 

The program, offered as a minor, teaches the essential skills of good journalism: critical thinking, research and investigation, clear expression, and storytelling in every form. It explores the journalist’s duty to the truth, public and private ethics, and the pressures of a changing media ecosystem.

The program’s interdisciplinary approach, rooted in Georgetown’s deep strengths in the study of politics, public policy, international relations and law, also highlights the university’s commitment to public service and social justice. It encourages real-world experience and the development of core reporting skills, along with a grounding in of the theoretical, historical and literary context necessary for a fuller understanding of the journalist’s role and responsibility in society.

Journalism Minor

Requirements for the Minor

Students must take six classes (18 credits) and complete an internship to graduate with a minor in Journalism. The two required courses are:

  • JOUR-1100     Introduction to Journalism
  • JOUR-4970    Journalism Capstone
  • Four elective courses may be chosen from the list below or be an approved X-listed course from another department.

The list of electives below is not comprehensive. At least two electives are offered each semester. Current lists of courses will be maintained by the Journalism Program director and the College Dean’s Office. Courses that students wish to count toward the minor that are not on the list must be presented for review to the Journalism Program director before the student takes the course.

Sample current or recent courses:

  • Covering the City
  • Political Journalism
  • Covering the White House
  • International Journalism: Reporting from Florence
  • Campaign Journalism
  • Beyond the Game: Sports Today
  • The Media & The Law
  • Journalism Ethics
  • Media and Social Justice
  • The Media Industry
  • Literary Nonfiction
  • Free Speech
  • The Press & the Presidency
  • Government-Media Relations in a Digital Age
  • Pop Culture, Race and the Media
  • Crime and the Media
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Science and Environment Journalism
  • Global Journalism
  • Telling the Truth
  • Political Journalism
  • Reporting War
  • Reporting Foreign Affairs
  • Investigative Data Journalism
  • Sports Personalities of the 20th Century
  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • New York Stories
  • Podcasting
  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing
  • Writing to be Heard
  • The Writer’s Perspective
  • Film Festival Studies
  • Documentary Film: History and Theory
  • Social Justice Documentary

Applications: Students are invited to apply during the spring semester. Acceptance will be based on overall academic performance and the strength of the application essay. Demonstration of interest in journalism, including newsroom experience through internships or campus media, will be regarded as a positive factor.

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(For course listings for Journalism see Schedule of Classes)