Journalism provides a cross-platform foundation with a focus on reporting, research techniques and writing style unique to online, print, broadcast, social media and database journalism.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

This minor is not available to communication majors pursuing a concentration in journalism.

Banner Code: JNL

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

COMM 309Writing across the Media3
COMM 351News Writing and Reporting3
or COMM 352 News Editing
COMM 361Online Journalism3
or COMM 369 Multimedia Storytelling
COMM 475Journalism Law3
Total Credits12


Select two from the following:6
Introduction to Journalism
Introduction to Media Production
News Writing and Reporting 1
News Editing 1
Broadcast Journalism
Online Journalism 1
Multimedia Storytelling 1
Feature Writing
Sports Writing and Reporting
Political Journalism
Special Topics in Journalism
Internship in Communication (take for 3 credits) 2
Free Speech and Ethics (Mason Core)
Total Credits6

Only if not taken as a required course.


When relevant, may be taken as elective with prior written approval of the director of the minor.