News and Media Literacy, Minor

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The minor in news and media literacy requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in mass communication courses. Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Courses for the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

Students may earn the minor in news and media literacy or the journalism and mass communication major, but not both.

The minor provides students with an introduction to news and media literacy; it does not prepare them for careers in media.

The minor in news and media literacy requires the following coursework.

Required Courses

Course # Title Hours
One of these:
JMC:1100Introduction to Media Effects3
JMC:1200Introduction to Media and Culture3
JMC:1300Introduction to Journalism and Strategic Communication3
JMC:1500Introduction to Social Media3
One of these:
JMC:2600Freedom of Expression3
JMC:2700Media Ethics and Diversity3

Elective Courses

Course # Title Hours
Three of these:
JMC:2101Digital Media and the Future of Sport3
JMC:3116Media and Global Cultures3
JMC:3122Digital and Gaming Culture3
JMC:3123Advocacy Communication3
JMC:3124Entertainment Media3
JMC:3142Social Media for Social Change3
JMC:3150Media and Health3
JMC:3165African Americans and the Media3
JMC:3175Gender and Mass Media3
JMC:3182Sport, Scandal, and Strategic Communication in Media Culture3
JMC:3183Sport and the Media3
JMC:3184Narrative Sports Journalism3
JMC:3185Topics in Understanding Media3
JMC:3186Athletes, Activism, and Social Media3
JMC:3187American College Athletics: A Big Money Tradition Unlike Any Other3
JMC:3191Journalism and Mass Communication Theories3
JMC:3500Topics in Managing/Planning3
JMC:3505Audiences and Analytics3
JMC:3510Media and Marketing Research3
JMC:3520Business of Media: Profits, People, and Power3
JMC:3530Social Media Marketing3
JMC:3540The Business of Sport Communication3
JMC:3720Nonprofit Communications3