Communication/Journalism Minor

Ship’s communication/journalism minor is a great complement to any major because all fields of work benefit from having strong communicators.

What Will I Learn?

Students in the Communication/Journalism Minor:

  • Learn to think critically about mass media as an integral part of our culture and become a more literate and discerning media consumer
  • Critically examine the role of media in constructing ideas about race, class, age, disabilities and gender in society
  • Develop basic journalistic, script writing and public relations writing skills
  • Examine the laws and ethics that govern and inform journalism, media production and public relations industries

Students also choose elective courses in areas that interest them. This program also provides students with opportunities to develop additional skills in writing, design, photography, media production and public relations.

Tyler Dancisin posing with microphone inside crowded Heiges Field House

Meet Tyler Dancisin

"Faculty in the Communication/Journalism Department all know me by name and I am able to walk by them or walk in the office and say 'hello' and have a nice conversation with them. They all know my strengths and weaknesses and help me build upon myself into a better person."

How Tyler Found Success at Ship

What are the requirements for this degree?

The minor requires a 2.3 GPA and the completion of 18 credits:

  • 12 from core courses
  • 6 from electives, allowing you to tailor the program to your own interests and passions

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This minor is a great complement to many career paths, especially those that deal with media production, public relations and journalism.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

Students will have access to faculty, technology and cameras both in class and outside of class through the student-run student media organizations. Students regularly work on class projects in the video and audio editing labs, the Mac lab and using apps on their mobile devices. Students should expect to work with the award-winning student media organizations that include the student-led newspaper, The Slate; student-led television station, SUTV; student-led radio station, WSYC and the student-led chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Students should expect to do a lot of project-based learning in class. Students also have an opportunity to hear from journalism, media production and public relations professionals in individual classes and through panel discussions at our annual C/J Day in April.