Minor in Journalism

Journalism Minor Policies and Procedures

The School of Journalism's minor consists of 15 credit hours of journalism coursework. It is intended for students from other MU academic divisions who wish to broaden their understanding of the news media's role in society. Courses for the minor are similar to MU's broader liberal arts traditions and are not skills-oriented.


All students are required to apply for the Journalism minor. To apply for a minor in Journalism, students must have completed 60 credit hours with a minimum UM system cumulative GPA of 3.0. An application form is available from the Minor Coordinator in the Journalism Student Services Office, 76 Gannett Hall. 

Students pursuing a Journalism major are ineligible for the Journalism minor program.

Transfer students may use up to three credit hours of approved Journalism transfer credit toward a Journalism minor.


JOURN 1000 The News Media: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society is open to any student who is a non-journalism major in good academic standing. Pre-Journalism or Undeclared Journalism students who complete either JOURN 1100 Principles of American Journalism, JOURN 2000 Cross-Cultural Journalism, JOURN 2100 News or JOURN 2150 Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism with a C- or better and then decide to minor within the School of Journalism must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible to take additional 3000 or 4000 level Journalism courses. Students who decide to pursue the minor after completing JOURN 1100 are ineligible to take JOURN 1000. Journalism minors can take a maximum of 15 credit hours from the School of Journalism.

Select any combination from the following classes:

JOURN 1000The News Media: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society3
or JOURN 1100 Principles of American Journalism
JOURN 2000Cross-Cultural Journalism *3
JOURN 3000History of American Journalism *3
JOURN 4000Communications Law *3

Other eligible courses:

JOURN 3510WThink Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies - Writing Intensive *3
JOURN 4568History of Photojournalism *3
JOURN 4656International News Media Systems *3
JOURN 4658International Journalism *3

* Permission number required. Submit request to the Journalism Minor Coordinator.


Students are permitted to self-enroll in JOURN 1000. Other courses are offered on a space-available basis and after the early registration period has ended. Students are required to submit a course preference list to the Journalism Minor Coordinator. If space is available, a permission number to enroll will be provided.  

Academic Status

Students are subject to probationary or suspension status as determined by the student’s major division. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in Journalism courses.  Journalism courses may be repeated one time.  Upon repeating a course, if a student fails to earn a C- or better, the student is no longer eligible for the Journalism Minor.

The journalism minor is awarded after the student completes 15 journalism credits and maintains a 3.0 minimum UM system GPA at the time of graduation.


School of Journalism course fees are applied to all Journalism courses.


Journalism minors are not assigned a faculty advisor or academic advisor within the School of Journalism. Academic advising occurs in the division of each student’s major. Students pursuing a Journalism minor are encouraged to consult with either the designated Minor Coordinator or with School of Journalism faculty on course-specific matters.

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