Journalism Minor

for the Minor in Journalism


department website: https://media.illinois.edu/journalism

department faculty: https://media.illinois.edu/journalism/faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: College of Media

college website: https://media.illinois.edu/


The Minor in Journalism allows a student to explore the role of journalism in a democracy and to assess how journalism is meeting its social responsibility to engage, enlighten and empower citizens. The minor equips students to participate in the ever-changing world of media delivery and consumption. 

Fundamental journalistic skills—identifying questions, obtaining answers, then communicating them effectively—are huge advantages in virtually every profession. Students of all majors can learn how to find engaging topics, locate and interview key sources, analyze and visualize important data, and present material impactfully in written, audio/visual, and interactive forms across media platforms. Students explore introductory principles in four courses in writing, history, ethics, and law, which also may fulfill General Education requirements, then choose at least two elective courses, which again may meet General Education requirements, from a list that includes research and practical courses.


Programs in Journalism


Undergraduate Programs:

major: Journalism, BS

major: Journalism, BS-MJ

minor: Journalism | Media


Graduate Programs:

degree: Journalism, BS-MJ

degree: Journalism, MS

joint degree: Journalism, MS and Law, JD


The department does not offer a Ph.D. degree. For the program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Communications, see Communications and Media, PhD.


for the Minor in Journalism

JOUR 200Introduction to Journalism3
JOUR 205History of American Journalism3
JOUR 250Journalism Ethics & Diversity3
JOUR 311Media Law3
Select two courses from the following:6-7
Newsgathering Across Platforms 1
News Editing
Working with the Press
Classics of Sports Journalism
Media and Public Opinion
Research Methods in Journalism 2
Great Books of Journalism
Crisis Communications
Propaganda & the News Media
International Reporting
Science Journalism
Immersion Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Total Hours18-19