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Minor in Journalism

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 Communication through the selection of their elective minor course.

Admission to the Minor

Admission Deadline

Regular admission deadlines are September 15 and February 15.

Students should complete the admission application online.

Admission Requirements

Admission is limited and competitive. Completion of 24 credit hours with a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and at least a C in JOUR 101 is required. Students may apply during the semester they are completing JOUR 101. Transfer students must earn a minimum KU cumulative GPA of 2.5 during their first semester.


Students must complete the Grammar Basics module and exam before taking JOUR 304. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in JOUR 101, 300, 302, and 304 to fulfill minor requirements. If the student does not pass JOUR 101, 300, 302, or 304 with a grade of C or better on the second attempt, admission will be rescinded and the student cannot earn the Journalism minor.

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 101Media and Society3
JOUR 300Visual Storytelling3
JOUR 302Infomania: Information Management3
JOUR 304Media Writing3
JOUR 618First Amendment and Society3
Students choose one additional course from the following Journalism course offerings for which the prerequisites have been met:3
News & Information Focus
Photojournalism I
Multimedia Reporting
Multimedia Editing
History of Journalism and Mass Communication
Diversity in Media
Sports, Media and Society
Ethics and Professional Practice
Strategic Communication Focus
Stratcom I: Introduction to Strategic Communication
Research Methods in Strategic Communication
Diversity in Media
Ethics and Professional Practice
Sales Strategies
International Strategic Communications
Financial Basics for Communicators

If you would like to know more about the journalism minor, please contact journalism advising at or 785-864-4080.