Journalism Minor

Journalism Minor

The School of Journalism’s minor is for students within other MU academic divisions who wish to broaden their understanding of the news media’s role in society. It is not for students who anticipate careers in journalism. Courses for minor students parallel MU’s broader liberal arts traditions and are not journalism-skills oriented. No skills classes taught within the School of Journalism are open to minors. Students who wish to become journalism majors should not enroll in the journalism minor program.


To declare a minor in Journalism, students must have completed 60 semester hours with an MU cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. One of the courses minors should take is JOURN 1000 The News Media: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society (3 Credits), which is open to any MU student in good academic standing. However, if a student decides to minor in Journalism after having taken JOURN 1100, Principles of American Journalism (3 Credits), that student may not take JOURN 1000, which duplicates much of the material in JOURN 1100. Students may not count both JOURN 1000 and JOURN 1100 toward the minor.

Applications for the journalism minor are available from Journalism Student Services, 76 Gannett Hall. Students who wish to minor in journalism must apply for the minor to be eligible to register for journalism courses.


Students must complete 15 hours of journalism courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to graduate with the journalism minor.


Journalism minors may enroll in a maximum of 15 hours selected from the following classes:

  • JOURN 1000 The News Media: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society (3 Credits)
    JOURN 1100 Principles of American Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 3000 History of American Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4000 Communications Law (3 Credits)

JOURN 2100 News and JOURN 2150 Multimedia Journalism are not open to journalism minors. However, pre-journalism students who complete JOURN 2100 or JOURN 2150 as part of their requirements and then decide to minor in journalism may count these courses toward their minor.

Other eligible courses: The following courses require permission of the instructor e-mailed or sent in writing to Journalism Student Services:

  • JOURN 4568 History of Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4656 International News Media System (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4658 International Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 4720 Internet Law (3 Credits)

The courses listed above are those the School of Journalism currently offers for international and U.S. exchange; MU interdisciplinary and general studies majors as well as non-degree seeking undergraduate students. These courses focus on news media and society issues. Furthermore, they are more general education inclined, less skills-oriented, and frequently have room for non-majors to enroll. JOURN 1000 also was intended as a class for non-majors.


MU students can register for JOURN 1000 through regular registration procedures. For all other journalism classes, journalism minors should contact Journalism Student Services after early registration period (after majors have registered) to enroll for classes, pending available spots.

Academic Status

Journalism minors are subject to probationary or suspension status as determined by the division in which each student’s major resides. Journalism minors who receive lower than a C- in any journalism course must repeat it and complete it with a C- or better. Journalism courses may only 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 a journalism minor.


Journalism minors must pay School of Journalism activity fees for all journalism courses taken.


Journalism minors will not be assigned a faculty advisor within the School of Journalism; however, they are free to consult with the School’s faculty on course specific matters at any time. Journalism minors also can consult on longer-range career and professional issues on a time-available basis with journalism faculty. Academic advising occurs in the division where each student’s major resides. Please keep in mind that both faculty and academic advising priority is given to journalism majors at all times, particularly during pre-registration periods.

Career Services

Journalism minors are ineligible to interview with prospective employers who visit the School of Journalism. Journalism minors should interview with employers in their home division. The School of Journalism’s placement website is open for use by journalism minors. Minors also may consult with the School of Journalism’s placement officers only on a time-available basis with priority given to journalism majors and pre-journalism students at all times.


Journalism minors should receive scholarship support from their home division or from MU. Since the School of Journalism does not have any current, private scholarship support for journalism minors, they are ineligible to receive direct scholarship support from the School.

Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary actions for journalism minors will be the same as for journalism majors. All cases of alleged academic misconduct will be immediately forwarded to and reviewed by the MU Provost’s office. All cases of classroom misconduct will be immediately forwarded to and reviewed by the office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.


If you have questions about the journalism minor, please e-mail Journalism Student Services.