English Minor in Journalism
As readers and writers we are concerned with stories - "content" in the parlance of the digital realm - who tells them about whom, how they are told, how they arrive at an audience, and what happens to them when they become "public." Our journalism program directly engages LMU's mission of the promotion of justice by critiquing media representations and their immediate social and political impact, and also by exploring the history of social advocacy in both old and new media.
LMU's Journalism program is housed in the English Department, where the creative and critical pursuits that are the soul of the department's mission align perfectly with the genre. As a department, we study the history of literature, the craft of writing, and the ethics and politics of representation. New media have brought us the possibility of a democratization of representation, but troubling issues of power and identity endure. Many journalism programs limit the study of "ethics" in their curricula to introductory classes and largely to a discussion of the reporter's responsibility to the subject. What distinguishes our program is that the ethical discussion suffuses the entire curriculum.
Journalism at LMU is not merely theoretical; we offer hands-on instruction in the reporting, writing, editing, and technological skills that students need to become professional journalists.
Open to all non-English majors. English majors interested in Journalism, please see Journalism Certificate Program.
20 semester hours of coursework with a C (2.0) or better in each class. Three courses are required: 1) ENGL 2206 Language of Journalism, 2) ENGL 3381 Journalism and New Media, and 3) ENGL 4468 Capstone Course: The Backpack Journalist. ENGL 2206 must be taken before or concurrently with ENGL 3381. The lower division requirement (ENGL 2206) will give Journalism minor students the foundation for further study, acquaint them with journalistic formats, and teach them the fundamentals of reportage and news literacy, essential tools for all apprentice journalists. Students may be exempted from taking ENGL 2206 and enroll in ENGL 3301 Writing for Journalism: Workshop instead, if they can demonstrate (via résumé and portfolio) significant secondary or post-secondary journalism proficiency and experience. ENGL 3381 Journalism and New Media is the essential introduction to non-print news platforms all Journalism minors must navigate and populate. A course list follows:
1. Two required courses
(8 semester hours)
• ENGL 2206 Language of Journalism 4 semester hours or
• ENGL 3301 Writing for Journalism: Workshop 4 semester hours
• ENGL 3381 Journalism and New Media 4 semester hours
2. One course in community journalism or specialized journalism
(4 semester hours)
3. ENGL 4468 Capstone Course: Backpack Journalism
(4 semester hours).
Restricted to senior English Minors in Journalism.
4. One elective
(4 semester hours) chosen from English courses in Journalism.
Total: 20 semester hours