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Minors offered by the School of Journalism

The School of Journalism offers the following minors for undergraduate students starting on the 2016-2018 and future catalogs:

  • Minor in Journalism
  • Minor in Visual Media

Detailed information about each minor can be found in the tabs below.

Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in their own majors before applying. In addition, questions about how minors fit into degree plans should be directed to the student’s primary major advisor.

The following are University-wide rules regarding minors:

  • The minor must be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Minors must include a minimum of six hours of upper division coursework.
  • A student may not earn a minor in the same field of study as his or her major.
  • At least nine of the hours required for the minor must include coursework not used to satisfy the requirements of the student’s major; this includes courses in non-major departments that are cross-listed with courses offered within the student’s major department. However, courses in the minor may fulfill other degree requirements such as general education requirements or required elective hours.
  • Transcript recognition is awarded at the time of undergraduate degree completion.

Questions about Journalism minor requirements, rules, and procedures can be directed to Alexia Apollo

Minor in Journalism

The minor in Journalism will afford undergraduate students across the University the opportunity to study a range of courses that will help prepare them for the digital communication economy. These include writing clearly and succinctly; telling stories in multiple formats, including audio, video and data visualizations; thinking critically about issues that affect both media and society; communicating through social media platforms; and understanding how journalism influences the way individuals and groups are perceived.

In order to apply for a minor in Journalism, a student must:

  • have at least 2.75 GPA
  • have completed J 301F and earned at least a B-
  • be under the 2016-2018 catalog
  • meet any requirements for the minor that the student’s major college might impose

The course requirements are as follows:

1.    J 301F and J 302F are required.

a.     students must receive at least a B- in J 301F in order to be considered for acceptance into the minor

2.    9 additional hours from the following list (at lease two courses must be upper-division):

J 310F, J 311F, J 331F, J 331G*, J 332D*, J 332G*, J 334F, J 336F, J 336J*, J 337F*, J 337J*, J 339T (Topic 2)*, J 339T (Topic 4), J 341F, J 341J, J 342G, J 342J, J 346G, J 348D, J 348F, J 349T, J 350F, J 351F, J 352F, J 353F, J 354F, J 355F, J 358C, J 358N, J 358P

* Successful completion of J 310F Reporting: Words with a B- or better is required before taking these courses.

The School reserves the right to limit the number of students accepted as Journalism Minors. If demand exceeds space available, students will be selected based on a review of academic record, particularly performance in J 301F.

Additional criteria for a minor in Journalism:

  • all courses must be taken in residence
  • all courses must be taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail)
  • participating students must have a 2.5 GPA overall at the end of each academic year in order to continue in the minor
  • the minor is not available to students with a major in the Moody College

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Minor in Visual Media

The minor in Visual Media will afford undergraduate students across the University the opportunity to increase their visual literacy and skills, particularly in the areas of photography, photojournalism, video storytelling and graphic design. In addition, students will study the foundations of journalism ethics and learn techniques to approach ethical decisions within the field of visual media

In order to apply for a minor in Visual Media, a student must:

  • have at least 2.5 GPA
  • have completed COM 316
  • be under the 2016-2018 catalog
  • meet any requirements for the minor that the student’s major college might impose

The course requirements are as follows:

  1. COM 316 and J 352F are required.
  2. 9 additional hours from the following list (at least one course must be upper-division):

J 311F, J 330J, J 331D, J 333G, J 333J, J 334G*, J 336D, J 340J, J 347G

* Successful completion of J 311F Reporting Images with a B- or better is required before taking this course.

The School of Journalism reserves the right to limit the number of students accepted as Visual Media Minors. If demand exceeds space available, students will be selected based on a review of academic record, particularly performance in COM 316, as well as a review of their visual portfolio. 

Additional criteria for a minor in visual media:

  • all courses must be taken in residence
  • all courses must be taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail)
  • participating students must have a 2.5 GPA overall at the end of each academic year in order to continue in the minor
  • This minor is not available to students with a major in the Moody College.

If you have questions about these minors, contact Alexia Apollo, an academic advisor in the School of Journalism.

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