The photojournalism minor explores photography as a journalistic storytelling medium. Offered jointly by the Department of Communication and the School of Art, the minor prepares students to bear witness through the lens of a camera; to examine the world around them, pose questions and inform audiences. Students gain proficiency with digital photo technology, develop reporting skills, apply visual storytelling principles, and examine the ethical and legal challenges of capturing stories in a mediated society.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must earn a minimum grade of 2.00 in all courses applied to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: PHOJ

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Required Courses

COMM 203Introduction to Journalism3
COMM 351News Writing and Reporting3
COMM 475Journalism Law3
AVT 357Photobook: Concepts Form 13
AVT 359Photography Seminar3
AVT 457Documentary Photography3
Total Credits18

Course has a required prerequisite of AVT 253 Digital Photography I (Mason Core)