Journalism Studies

Journalism studies students select a major in a field of their interest and then build around the major a series of courses in media studies, writing, visual arts and analysis of contemporary culture, politics or science.  Students are required to fulfill an internship in newspaper, web or public relations work. The program will require reflective writing and students will also be encouraged to attend the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, the American University Washington Journalism Semester, or the Boston University London Internship in Journalism.

The liberal arts provide excellent preparation for a career in journalism. This program emphasizes research, critical analysis, and creativity, supplemented by on-the-job training. The minor in journalism studies, combined with practical experience and reflective learning, will prepare a student from any major to enter a graduate program in journalism or an entry-level job in the field.

Minor requirements

Journalism Studies Minor Worksheet

The minor consists of a minimum of six courses, only one of which may be counted both for the minor and for the student’s major. In addition, the student is required to complete an internship of at least six weeks.

Required Courses


One course from:
MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
MATH 151 Introduction to Data Science


One course from:
PHIL 111 Ethics
PHIL 242 Medical Ethics

Research Methods

One course from:
ANTH 302 Research Methods
ENG 290 Approaches to Literature and Culture
HIST 302 The Junior Colloquium
POLS 200 Modern Political Inquiry: An Introduction to Research Methods
SOC 302 Research Methods in Sociology

Written or Visual Production

At least one course from:
ARTS 240 Beginning Photography (This course has prerequisites)

ENG 280 Writing in Professional Contexts
ENG 285 Journalism
Or an equivalent course from off campus

Additional Courses

At least two courses from the list below (students may petition to the Journalism Studies Advisory Committee for approval of other courses, which may then be added to the list). Only one of the journalism studies courses may count toward the student’s major, although many courses from the major may count as part of the journalism Studies. That is, a political science major may take many courses in the major from the list below (Media and Politics, African American Politics, Congress), but only one of them will count toward the minor–the political science student must take at least five journalism studies courses outside of the Political Science department.

ANTH 210 Feast or Famine: The Ecology and Politics of Food
ANTH 240 Urban Anthropology

ARTS 240 Beginning Photography

Biology Any 100 level biology course

Chemistry Any 100 level chemistry course

ENG 280 Writing in Professional Contexts
ENG 285 Journalism

HIST 234 United States Women since 1890
HIST 252 The Modern Middle East
HIST 321 European Imperialism, 1757-1939
HIST 337 Power and Protest in the United States

Philosophy Any 100 level philosophy course

POLS 211 Congress and the Legislative Process
POLS 271 African American Politics
POLS 331 Principles of Political Advertising

REL 102 Introduction to the Study of World Religions

SOC 104 Contemporary Social Problems
SOC 175 Media and Society
SOC 210 Inequality
SOC 260 Gender Inequality
SOC 282 Visual Sociology

WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies


Electronic portfolio of clips, photos or film, to be compiled and assessed with the journalism studies advisor.

Talitha Espiritu

Associate Professor of English; Co-Coordinator, Journalism Studies Minor

Jason C. Goodman

Associate Professor of Physics

Lisa Lebduska

Professor of English, Director of College Writing

Karen McCormack

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; Co-coordinator, Journalism Studies