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This is an archive of the 2016-2017 University Catalog.
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Program: Minor in Journalism


The Journalism minor is designed to enhance career options for students in a wide variety of disciplines, such as political science, sociology, English, languages, ethnic studies, history, anthropology, and gender and women’s studies. Minors complete lower and upper division core requirements as well as upper division electives. They also are allowed to follow an area of interest in contemporary news media—digital and print newspaper/magazine, photojournalism/visual communication and graphics, television and radio news, new and ethnic media as well as public relations.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Core Requirements (9 units)

JOUR 100 Mass Communication (3)
JOUR 110 Writing, Reporting and Ethics I (3)
JOUR 210 Writing, Reporting and Ethics II (3)

2. Upper Division Core Requirements (5-6 units)

Select one of the following (depending on area of emphasis): 3 units

JOUR 310 Writing, Reporting and Ethics III (3)
JOUR 315 Reporting for Broadcast (3)
JOUR 341 Writing and Editing for Public Relations (3)
JOUR 350 Photojournalism (3)

Select one of the following (depending on area of emphasis): 2-3 units

JOUR 330 Editing (2)
JOUR 331 Graphics (2)
JOUR 335 Writing, Producing and Editing Television News (2)
JOUR 450 Advanced Photojournalism (3)

3. Upper Division Electives (6 units)

At least 6 units approved in advance by faculty advisor. These electives may be any courses offered by the Journalism department so long as all prerequisites are met.

4. Optional Experiential Skills Courses (3 units)

Select one of the following:

JOUR 460 Magazine Journalism (3)
JOUR 494CEE Internship (3)
JOUR 495A-Z Selected Topics in Journalism (3)

Total Units in the Minor: 20-24

More information

If you would like more information about this program, please contact


Chair: Linda Bowen
Manzanita Hall (MZ) 210A
(818) 677-3135

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Be able to report and write for diverse publics, using proper grammar and punctuation, word usage and spelling, sentence and storytelling structures across multiple journalistic formats.
  2. Be able to gather and analyze information, including basic numerical concepts, using reporting techniques, such as interviewing, observation, and researching primary and secondary sources.
  3. Be able to think critically, creatively and independently.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.
  5. Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the news media professions in which they work to communicate for and with diverse publics.
  6. Be able to understand and apply the historical, theoretical, legal and societal contexts for producing and consuming news media for consumers, for local to global publics.