Interdisciplinary Programs & Minors

Journalism and Media Studies Minor

Our interdisciplinary minor in Journalism and Media Studies is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the practice and theory of media as it is being produced on the ground today.  Today's rapidly changing media landscape of digitization, high-speed connectivity, and endless advancement in technology is redefining the relationship between media and its audience. As a result, media outlets are seeking to hire multi-skilled journalists. Our program prepares students to join the ranks of today’s converged media with multi-skills media qualifications that will uniquely distinguish them in today’s market. Students in the Journalism and Media Studies Program are going to engage in a well structured hands-on program that also relies on a well-established theoretical background. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of media platforms spanning from online multimedia production to T.V.

Program Requirements

The Journalism and Media Studies minor is open to all undergraduates and consists of an interdisciplinary program of 18 credits of required and elective courses.

At least two courses must be at the 300 level or above.

Required Course 

JMS.100 Introduction to Journalism and Media Studies

Elective Courses

JMS.300 Multimedia Storytelling
JMS.320/70.398 Documentary Photography
JMS.400 Directed Study in Journalism and Media Studies
JMS.102 Introductions to Telecommunications
JMS.410 TV Studio Production
JMS.231/41.237 Media Law and Ethics


70.262 Digital Imaging and Photography: Photoshop
70.375 Language of Video
70.378 Interactive Media
70.385 Streaming Video for the Wed
79.380 Understanding Movies: Cinema as Social Commentary
Criminal Justice

42.223 Crime and the Media
Cultural Studies

58.225 History of Picturing
59.217 Media and Culture

42.221 Writing for Interactive Media
42.222 Oral Communication
42.226 Technical and Scientific Communication
42.300 Intro to Journalism
42.301 Newswriting
42.305 Reviewing the Arts
42.309 Writing About Issues
42.320 Personal and Reflective Writing
42.369 Reading and Writing New Media

43.347 History of Documentary Film
43.348 Making an Historical Documentary
Information Technology

90.232 Desktop Video Production
Political Science

46.222 Politics of the Internet
46.318 Politics & Advertising
46.422 Political Communications and Media Studies
46 210 Media & Politics
46 422 Pol Comm & Media Studies

For more information about the minor in Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) program, please contact Dr. Wael Kamal, Program Director,