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Minor in Journalism

The rapid expansion of the information age has led to an increased demand for college graduates with strong writing and reporting skills with a solid understanding of the ethical standards of the journalism industry. Journalism teaches students how to write, report, and produce content across media platforms, as well as how to engage with modern audiences using the latest digital applications and tools.

A minor in Journalism would complement any major, as it allows a student to obtain a foundational skill set in journalism while still pursuing a specific knowledge base within their chosen industry.

Journalism Minor Requirements

The Journalism minor requires five courses. Students enrolling in sections offered online or in the summer may incur additional costs. Students should also consult the  WVU Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions and information.

1) JRL 101 – Media & Society, 3 hours

Examines the relationship between media, culture and society, with emphasis on the history, structure, and organization of the mass media.

2) JRL 215 – Media Writing, 3 hours

Prerequisites: Minimum GPA of 2.0. Must be a student in the School of Journalism or obtain permission to take the course

Introduction to the fundamental reporting and storytelling skills that are the foundation of all media writing: print, radio, television, public relations, advertising and social media.

3) JRL 428 – Media Ethics and Law, 3 hours

How ethics and law work together to help create and maintain the media environment. Examines ethical paradigms within a legal framework, with special emphasis on morality.

TWO of the following: (6 hours)

To earn a minor in Journalism, a student must earn a grade of C or better and earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 or better in all courses required for the minor.

Students who would like to double-minor or triple-minor or who are interested in the College’s Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) major should speak with an advisor to ensure that they cover the requirements for all three minors.

All online courses are taught completely via eCampus. Students need to plan on logging into eCampus daily during the week but can do so at the time of their own choosing. Students should budget the same amount of time for an online course as they do for on campus courses.

To register for these courses, call Academic Innovation at  1-800-2Learn2. For more information, please contact College of Media at 304-293-3133 or

The Journalism minor is only available to students enrolled in the WVU Reed College of Media MDS major or other majors outside of the College of Media