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Curriculum requirements

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​The Journalism minor is open to any and all majors at the University of Delaware.  Students do not need to major in Communications or English to minor in Journalism. Coursework in the minor must include at least two courses outside a student's major. You can declare Journalism as a minor at any time during your academic career.  We encourage you to declare as early as possible to take advantage of classes that have seats reserved for Journalism minors.

Note that the university requires a grade of  C- or better in all courses in a student's major or minor. 

Also note No. 1 at the bottom of this page: Coursework in the minor must include at least two courses outside a student’s major field.

Fall 2019 courses

JOUR 301, Journalism in a Free Society. Professor Deborah Howlett, M/W/F, 1:25-2:15 p.m. (Prerequisite: ENGL 110. Note: Satisfies the University and CAS breadth requirements, Group B, history and cultural change.)

JOUR 464, Internship in Professional Writing, a Journalism elective. See Professor Dawn Fallik. (Note: Satisfies the discovery learning requirement.)

ENGL 307, News Writing and Editing, two sections. Section 010: Professor Deborah Howlett, M/W/F, 11:15-12:05 p.m. Section 011: Professor Dan Biddle, T/Th, 3:30-4:45 p.m.  (Prerequisite: ENGL 110. Notes: Satisfies A&S writing requirement. ENGL 307 is a prerequisite for several ENGL courses listed below: 308, 309, 310, 407, and 408.)

ENGL 308, Reporter's Practicum. Professor Dawn Fallik, T/Th, 12:30-1:45 p.m. (Prerequisite: ENGL 307. Note: Satisfies A&S writing requirement.)     

ENGL 309, Feature and Magazine Writing, a Journalism elective. Dr. McKay Jenkins, T/Th, 11-12:15 p.m. (Prerequisite: ENGL 307 or permission of instructor. Note: Satisfies A&S writing requirement.)

ENGL 407, Investigative Reporting, a Journalism elective. Professor Deborah Howlett, M/W/F, 10:10-11 a.m. (Prerequisite: ENGL 307)

ENGL 409010, Topics in Journalism, Food-Film-Tech Reporting, a Journalism elective. Professor Dawn Fallik, T/Th, 11-12:15 p.m. (Prerequisite: ENGL 110. Notes: Satisfies A&S writing requirement. May be credited toward the minor up to two times when topics vary.)

ENGL 409011, Topics in Journalism, Environmental Journalism, a Journalism elective. Dr. McKay Jenkins, T/Th, 9:30-10:45 a.m. (Prerequisite: ENGL 110. Notes: Satisfies A&S writing requirement. May be credited toward the minor up to two times when topics vary.)

COMM 326, Field Television Production. Professor Nancy Karibjanian, T/Th, 3:30-4:45 p.m. (Suggested prerequisite: COMM 324. Note: Satisfies the University discovery learning requirement.)

COMM 329, Broadcast Newswriting. Professor Nancy Karibjanian, T/Th, 2-3:15 p.m. (Note: Satisfies A&S writing requirement.)      

COMM 418011, Advanced Topics in Media Communication, Broadcast Programming, a Journalism elective. Dr. Juliet Dee, M/W, 8:40-9:55 a.m. (Note: May be credited toward the minor up to two times when topics vary.)

Required & Elective Courses

Required

​JOUR 301: Journalism in a Free Society:  (Prerequisite: ENGL 110. Students need to earn a grade of "B" or higher in ENGL 110 before taking JOUR 301. Notes: JOUR301 satisfies the University breadth requirement, Group B, History and Cultural Change); JOUR 301 is a prerequisite for JOUR 425.

One of the following courses:

ENGL 307: News Writing and Editing:  (Prerequisite: ENGL 110. Notes: Satisfies A&S writing requirement. ENGL 307 is a prerequisite for several ENGL courses listed below: 308, 309, 310, 407, and 408.)

​COMM 329: Broadcast Newswriting  (No prerequisite. Note: Section satisfies A&S writing requirement.)

One of the following courses:

​ENGL 308: Reporter's Practicum  (Prerequisite: ENGL 307. Notes: Satisfies A&S writing requirement.)

COMM 326: Field Television Production (No prerequisite. Note: Satisfies the University discovery learning requirement)

Three of the following courses:

JOUR 311: Multimedia Journalism  (No prerequisite.  Open to JOUR minors only.)

JOUR 425: ​Ethics and Issues in Journalism  (Prerequisite JOUR 301)

JOUR 464: ​Internship in Journalism  (No Prerequisite. Note: Satisfies the discovery learning requirement.)

COMM 245: Media and Society (No prerequisite)

COMM301: Introduction to Communication Research Methods. (Prerequisite: COMM 256, or COMM 245 or COMM 330. Not open to freshmen.)

COMM/POSC 340: Politics and the Media  (No prerequisite)

COMM/LEST 345: Legal Issues of the Mass Media  (No prerequisite)

COMM 418: Topics in Mass Communication  (No prerequisite)

COMM/POSC 425: Advanced Topics in Politics and Broadcast Journalism  (COMM 324 suggested prerequisite)

COMM 427: Broadcast News  (No prerequisite. Note: Satisfies A&S writing requirement.)

ECON 100: Economic Issues and Policies  (No prerequisite.  May not be taken for credit after taking ECON 101 or 103.  No majors within Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, HRIM or MIS may receive credit for this course.  See Note #2 below.)

​ECON 101: Introduction to Microeconomics: Supply and demand concepts, issues such as government regulation and environmental problems. (Prerequisite or corequisite: One of the following: MATH 114, 115, 117, 221, 241, 242, 243.)

ENGL 309: Feature and Magazine Writing  (Prerequisite: ENGL 307 or permission of instructor. Note: Satisfies A&S writing requirement.)

ENGL310: Newspaper copy editing, headline writing and layout, with emphasis on practical experience. Explores improvement or updating of news stories by rewriting. (Prerequisite: ENGL 307)

ENGL 406: Nonfiction Workshop  (Prerequisite: ENGL 305 or 309 or permission of instructor)

ENGL 407: Investigative Reporting  (Prerequisite: ENGL 307)

ENGL 408: Sports Writing  (Prerequisite: ENGL 307 or permission of instructor)

ENGL 409: Topics in Journalism (Prerequisite: ENGL 110. Note: Satisfies A&S writing requirement. May be taken twice when topics vary; see Note #3 below)

ENGL 414: Editing. Practical work and study of the editorial procedures essential in editing professional publications, both print and online.

ENGL 416: Designing online information. (Note: Satisfies A&S writing requirement.)

Important requirement notes

  1. Coursework in the minor must include at least two courses outside a student’s major field.
  2. Journalism minor candidates may count either ECON 100 or ECON 101 towards the Journalism minor, but not both.
  3. ENGL 409 (Topics in Journalism) may be counted toward the minor a maximum of two times.
  4. Other journalism-related courses may count toward the minor, subject to the approval of the director of the minor.

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  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
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