Journalism Minor

Program CoordinatorKelly Whiteside


What You Will Study

MSU’s School of Communication & Media (SCM) offers an 18 credit minor in Journalism. The program complements a wide range of majors, anything from political science and history, to biology and environmental sciences, to international relations and business. If you want to understand the role that news media play in society, enhance valuable communication skills, and become a better informed citizen, this is the minor for you.

The program focuses on developing the writing, reporting, interviewing and research skills needed to deliver solid content in today’s multiplatform world. Students first take a basic writing and reporting course that is a pre-requisite that qualifies them to take courses in news editing, magazine, writing/reporting for TV and radio, the entertainment beat, New Jersey local news, and more.

Interested students should come to Morehead Hall, room 103 for an information session in order to sign up for the minor.

The Journalism Minor curriculum is comprised of 18 credits (3 cr. per course) including three core requirements and a choice of three electives.

The requirements are as follows:

Required Courses:

JOUR 210 News Reporting
JOUR 216 History of Journalism in America
JOUR 313 Editing

Possible Elective Courses:

JOUR 211 Advanced News Reporting: Field Experience
JOUR 280 Writing/Reporting for TV and Radio
JOUR 282 New Jersey Local News
JOUR 284 The Entertainment Beat
JOUR 300 Meet the Press
JOUR 314 Advanced Editing
JOUR 315 Magazine Journalism
JOUR 316 Reporting of Public Affairs
JOUR 317 Feature Writing
JOUR 416 Interpretive Journalism


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