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Minors offered by the School of Journalism

The School of Journalism offers the following minors for undergraduate students on the 2016-2018 and 2018-2020 catalogs:

  • Minor in Journalism
  • Minor in Visual Media

Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in their own major before applying for a minor. In addition, questions about how minors fit into degree plans should be directed to the student’s primary major advisor. General University-wide rules regarding minors can be found here.

NOTE: Admission into either minor offered by the School of Journalism does not guarantee access to seats in restricted Journalism classes. 

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

Minor in Journalism

The minor in Journalism provides undergraduate students across the University the opportunity to study a range of courses that will help prepare them for the digital communication economy. Students who successfully complete this minor will gain such skills as 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.

Admission

  • minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • completion of J 301F with a grade of B- or better
  • enrollment under the 2016-2018 or 2018-2020 catalog
  • meet any requirements for the minor that the student’s major college might impose

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.

Course Requirements for the minor in Journalism

  • J 301F - Fundamentals Issues in Journalism (grade if B- or higher is required)
  • J 302F - Digital Storytelling Basics
  • Nine (9) additional hours from the following list (at lease 6 hours must be upper-division):
    • J 310F - Reporting Words 
    • J 311F - Reporting Images
    • J 318P* - Podcasting
    • J 331M* - Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • J 332D* - Web Production and Editing
    • J 332G* - Explanatory Journalism: Storytelling in a Digital Age
    • J 334F - Oral History as Journalism
    • J 336F - Social Media Journalism 
    • J 336J* - Lifestyle Journalism
    • J 336M* - Music Journalism
    • J 337F* - Long-form Feature Writing
    • J 337J* - Writing for Online News Audiences
    • J 341F - Understanding African Americans and the Media
    • J 341J - Minorities and the Media
    • J 342G* - Reporting the World
    • J 346G - Domestic Issues and Global Perspectives
    • J 347F* - Reporting Latin America
    • J 348D* - Gender and the News
    • J 349E - Elections, Voters, and News
    • J 349L - News Literacy in a Digital Age
    • Any course numbered J 35__ (examples: J 350F, J 358P, etc.); see course schedule for options

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

Additional criteria for a minor in Journalism:

  • at least 12 hours must be taken in residence at UT Austin
  • at least 12 hours must be taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail)

NOTES:

  • Some courses may be restricted to only Journalism majors at various points of the registration access period.
  • Not all courses are offered each semester.
  • Most courses are offered at least once within a three-year period.

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

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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

Admission

  • minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • successful completion of COM 316
  • enrollment under the 2016-2018 or 2018-2020 catalog
  • meet any requirements for the minor that the student’s major college might impose

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. 

Course Requirements for the minor in Visual Media

  • COM 316 - Photographic Communication 
  • J 352F - Ethics in Journalism
  • Nine (9) additional hours from the following list (at least 3 hours must be upper-division):
    • J 311F - Reporting Images (completion of COM316 and J 352F required as substitutions for the prerequisites for this course)
    • J 330J - Advanced Photo Editing and Design (Maymester taught in the Czech Republic)
    • J 331D - Intermediate Photo Communication
    • J 333G - Advanced Visual Journalism: Photo
    • J 333J* - Photography for Reporting Texas 
    • J 334G* - Advanced Visual Journalism: Video
    • J 336D - Graphic Design for Pring and Online
    • J 340J - Documentary Tradition in Latin America
    • J 347G - Cultural Survey of Photography

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

Additional criteria for a minor in Visual Media:

  • at least 12 hours must be taken in residence at UT Austin
  • all courses (15 hours) for the minor must be taken for a letter grade (not pass/fail), unless a course is only offered on a pass/fail basis

NOTES:

  • Some courses may be restricted to only Journalism majors at various points of the registration access period.
  • Not all courses are offered each semester.
  • Most courses are offered at least once within a three-year period.

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

Apply Now