Minor in Journalism

The minor in journalism prepares students basic journalism skills in producing and presenting news projects, e.g. writing news stories, producing print, digital, and online journalistic works. It is an 18-credit hours program that cover core courses in news writing, news editing, news reporting as well as elective course to prepare the proficiency in information and data gathering, media law and ethics, audience effects research, media literacy and media critics. Its main objectives are to equip students with competency for successful careers in journalism, public relations and related areas.

Program Objectives

  • To provide students basic insight and understanding of principles and procedures in gathering, reporting and writing news and feature articles.
  • To develop proficiency and skill in the areas of content production for diverse and converged news media platforms.
  • To develop students’ competence and ability in news judgment as well as awareness of the legal and ethical issues confronting the working journalist of today.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in journalistic writing and proficiency in various news writing styles.
  • Demonstrate basic skill in the craft of non‐fiction writing.
  • Know interviewing skills and other information gathering skills as well as integration of source information, data and spread sheets into news stories.
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic audience effects theories and be media literate.
  • Apply the journalism skills to the production and presentation of journalistic projects. (producing newsletters, news stories, Web or print magazine pieces or other journalistic works).
  • Demonstrate basic skills in media analysis, including being able to critique a mass media product byusing knowledge from border disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 18 hours


Required Courses (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MSC235Principles of the Writing for Media3.000
MSC264News Writing3.000
MSC356News Reporting3.000
MSC390News Editing (lab)3.000

Elective Courses: Students must chose two of these courses: (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MSC342Writing for Public Relations 3.000
MSC396Communication Research Methods3.000
MSC401Computer Assisted Reporting3.000
MSC450Newspaper& Magazine Production3.000
PUBL421Press Law and Ethics3.000