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Journalism Minor

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In an ever-changing media environment, this minor exposes students to a toolbox of skills and a critical study of mass media. Students are allowed to choose electives in the program that will further complement their area of study.

  • Strong focus on studying the role of journalism in a changing world
  • Personal connections between faculty and student
  • Customizable degree options based on student interests
  • Faculty with real-world, industry experience
  • Strong alumni network connects to our students to jobs and career mentoring

Acquired Skills

  • Demonstrate how the journalistic approach to problem solving and storytelling can produce locally engaged, globally competent citizens
  • Demonstrate competence in a core set of Journalistic crafts in reporting, research and storytelling
  • Express a critical understanding of the contextual factors that shape the media message.
  • Produce journalistic work that showcases an area of specialization that draws on the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the student
  • Demonstrate a problem-solving approach to the practice of Journalism that will give the student confidence and professional agility to respond to a changing market
  • Compile a portfolio of work that demonstrates work produced in a professional media setting.

Career Possibilities

Journalists are inquisitive. They want to know what’s going on in the world, and they want to know why. Journalists have a powerful urge to communicate. They want to share what they’ve learned.

  • Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Corporate Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Local Television News
  • Multimedia Journalism 
  • Publishing (newspaper, magazine, book)
  • Electronic media
  • Graduate and Law School 

Admissions and Scholarships

CAHSS is proud to be able to offer over 90 alumni and donor funded scholarships to our students each year.  In total over $190,000 is awarded out to CAHSS majors and some minors as well. Each department facilitates the process for their specific scholarships and students are also encouraged to apply for CAHSS-wide scholarships offered to students in any field.

  • The Larry Oakes Journalism Scholarship
  • The Gustaf A. and Mary V. Nordin Memorial Scholarship
  • The Steven R. Fox Journalism Scholarship

Student Clubs

Communication Club
The Bark, UMD’s student-run campus news organization