Minor in Journalism

The minor degree in Journalism provides students with an understanding of the practice and profession of journalism. The minor introduces students to the history of journalism, the basics of media writing, and the contemporary landscape of journalistic forms. Students also sample from various practice courses to advance their skills as journalists.

Overview of Minor Requirements

  • Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18
  • GPA requirements to earn minor: Students graduating with a minor in a CLAS field must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the minor field that are credited toward completion of the minor.
  • Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: Grade of “C” or higher required in all courses.
  • Other requirements:  A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine.


Core Course Requirements: 3 courses (9 credits)

CMJ 111 Introduction to Journalism 3 credits
CMJ 136 Journalism Writing and Editing 3 credits
CMJ 211 Journalism and Media History 3 credits

Elective Courses (Select nine credits from the following)
Journalism Practice courses:

CMJ 237 Journalism Across Platforms 4 credits
CMJ 261 Photographic Reporting and Storytelling 3 credits
CMJ 332 Public Affairs Reporting and Research 3 credits
CMJ 351 Audio and Video Production 4 credits
CMJ 434 Editorial and Opinion Writing 3 credits
CMJ 435 Feature Writing 3 credits
CMJ 484 Investigative Journalism 3 credits
CMJ 395 Student Media Practicum (by permission) 1-3 credits
CMJ 495 Internship (by permission) 1-3 credits
CMJ 391 Topics in Journalism 3 credits