Hello and welcome to “Quick Question,” the jcomm advising podcast. Today’s quick question is about journalism minors. Can I minor in journalism?
You can minor within the School of Journalism and Communication but you can’t minor in journalism. Confused? We’ll explain.
The School of Journalism and Communication does offer a minor and this minor is available to any University of Oregon student who has a GPA of 2.00 or better. However, the minor we offer is a minor in communication studies. It is not a minor in journalism, in advertising or in public relations. These are all majors within the School.
So what is the minor in communication studies? Communication studies is the study of media. It focuses on the ways in which words, language and images are at the core of how we as a society construct our sense of reality and how we as an individual construct our sense of self. Critical thinking about the social responsibility of producing communication is at the heart of the courses offered in this minor.
As you can probably gather, this is not a hands-on minor. If you declare this minor hoping to gain access to classes such as photojournalism, feature writing or magazine design, you will be disappointed. All the professional hands-on skills classes in the School are housed within specific majors and are available only to students in those majors who’ve met the prerequisites.
As we mentioned earlier, the minor is available to any University student who has a UO GPA of 2.00 or higher. To declare the minor, fill out the application form from the journalism school website. The J-school website also provides more information about the minor requirements. A good place to start the minor is with J201 Media and Society. This course is offered every term and you don’t need to be a declared minor to take it. Of the other courses you can take to complete the minor, not all classes are offered every term. However, we can safely say multiple minor-satisfying courses are offered each term including summer.
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