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Minor in Journalism

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Minor in News and Media Innovation

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications prides itself on providing quality education and job-building skills in a student-focused environment. This 18-credit hour program helps students learn to be effective communicators. Students can choose to focus in News and Information or Strategic Communications through the selection of their elective minor course.

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Admission to the Minor

Admission Deadline

Regular admission deadlines are September 1 and February 1.

Download an application from the minor's website.

Admission Requirements

Admission is limited and competitive. Completion of 24 credit hours with a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average is required. Transfer students must earn a minimum KU cumulative GPA of 2.5 during their first semester.

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Requirements for the Minor

Curriculum Requirements

A total of 18 hours is required for the minor. Students are allowed a choice of additional elective hours, not to exceed a total of 24 JOUR credit hours. The journalism minor requires a 2.5 GPA in journalism and a 2.5 cumulative GPA at KU.

JOUR 101 Media Literacy 3
JOUR 300 Visual Storytelling
JOUR 302 Infomania
JOUR 304 Media Writing
JOUR 618 First Amendment and Society 3

Students choose one additional course from the following Journalism course offerings for which the prerequisites have been met:

News & Information Focus  
JOUR 410 Photojournalism 3
JOUR 415 Multimedia Editing
JOUR 503 History of Journalism and Mass Communication
JOUR 534 Diversity in Media
JOUR 540 Sports, Media & Society
JOUR 608 Ethics and the Media 3


Strategic Communication Focus  
JOUR 320 Strategic Communication I
JOUR 611 Sales Strategy
JOUR 613 International Strategic Communication


If you would like to know more about the journalism minor, please contact Mike Williams, News and Information track head, 785-864-7638 or


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