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Program: Minor in Spanish-Language Journalism

Program Description

The interdisciplinary minor in Spanish-Language Journalism prepares students to report on Spanish-speaking and Latino communities, and to report on those communities for Spanish-language and English-language media. The minor helps students to better understand both Spanish-language and Latino media and Spanish-language and Latino communities.

Contact the advisor, José Luis Benavides, at (818) 677-7242.

Program Requirements

The interdisciplinary minor in Spanish-Language Journalism consists of 24 units: 6 units of study designed specifically for the program’s core and 18 units in the four participating departments and programs. All students who minor in this program will take the two core courses: JOUR 374SLJ and JOUR 474SLJ. Students majoring in either Chicana/o Studies or Central American Studies will take 9 units of Journalism and 9 units of Spanish. Spanish majors will take 9 units in either Chicano Studies or Central American Studies and 9 units in Journalism. Journalism majors will take 9 units in either Chicano Studies or Central American Studies and 9 units in Spanish. Students who come to the program from other majors will be required to take the two core courses and 6 units in Journalism, 6 units in Spanish, and 6 units in either Chicana/o Studies or Central American Studies.

1. Lower Division Required Courses (15 units)

JOUR 110/L News Reporting I (2/1)
JOUR 210/L News Reporting II (2/1)
SPAN 220A Intermediate Spanish I (3)
SPAN 220B Intermediate Spanish II (3)

Select one of the following:

CAS 100 Introduction to Central American Studies (3)
CHS 100 Chicana/o Culture (3)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (6 units)

JOUR 374SLJ Spanish-Language News Environment (3)
JOUR 474SLJ Spanish-Language Media Writing (3)

3. Upper Division Electives (9 units)*

*Note: Journalism majors who are also minors must complete 15 upper division units in a combination of SPAN, CHS or CAS to fulfill the major’s collateral field requirement.

Select up to 9 units from the following (for non-Journalism majors):

JOUR 310 Feature Writing (3)
JOUR 315 Broadcast Reporting (3)
JOUR 325 Multiplatform Storytelling (3)
JOUR 330 Editing (2)
JOUR 335 Writing, Producing and Editing Television News (2)
JOUR 340 Principles of Public Relations (3)
JOUR 395A Broadcast News Practicum (1)
JOUR 397A Newspaper Practicum (1)
SPAN 306 Advanced Composition (3) (for non-Spanish majors)

Select up to two of the following (for non-Chicano Studies majors):

CHS 345 History of the Mexican Peoples (3)
CHS 360 Political Organizations and Social Movements of the Barrio (3)
CHS 361 Urbanization and the Chicana/o (3)
CHS 445 History of the Chicana/o (3)
CHS 460 Politics of the Chicana/o (3)
CHS 470 Cultural Differences and the Chicana/o (3)

Or select up to two of the following (for non-Central American Studies majors):

CAS 310 Modern History of the Central American People (3)
CAS 311 The Central American Diaspora (3)
CAS 365 Changing Roles of Central American Women (3)
CAS 369 Contemporary Social Movements in Central America (3)

Total Units in the Minor: 24

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


Department of Journalism
Chair: Linda Bowen
Manzanita Hall (MZ) 210A
(818) 677-3135
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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.