Journalism Minor

Journalism Minor

Dick Hoxworthy's special visitA minor in journalism at Millersville University is the gateway to a career that might not have even existed five years ago. Our graduates have gone on to work in media, in public relations, for state associations, for digital publications, as well as in businesses. The English department's state-of-the-art equipment and software allows students to have a head start on the ever-changing job market.

Beyond technology skills, the department strives to impart the fundamentals of effective English communication. Good written communication skills are the cornerstone of any employment situation as well as research at the graduate level.

Our digital journalism program offers courses in basic news writing, ethics, feature writing, editing and page design, public affairs reporting, computer-assisted journalism, journalism through women’s perspectives, and the press and society. Several student publications provide students with valuable first-hand experience and the opportunity to build a portfolio to use when applying for a job or to graduate school.

In today’s fast-paced media environment, more is required than just a degree, good grades, and a résumé. To that end, the English department encourages students to go beyond their studies and apply their skills in internships related to the field. These off-campus study options are available locally and in the state capital (Harrisburg) only 40 miles to the northwest. One or more internships allow students to gain valuable real-world experience and networking contacts that last long after the experience ends.

List of job possibilities:

  • Editor
  • Newscaster
  • News Analyst
  • Program Director
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Writer

The journalism faculty is dedicated to student success while at Millersville and beyond.

The minor will require candidates to complete the following program of study:

English Majors with the Journalism Option:

  • 18 credits minimum (beyond any course used to meet requirements for the Print Journalism Option)
  • Choose six of the following: ENGL 250, 318, 327, 328, 329, 330, 435, 473 and Cooperative Education in Journalism courses, ENGL 200 & 300.

Non-English Majors or English Majors without the Journalism Option:

  • 18 credits minimum including 12 credits from required courses and 6 credits from elective courses
  • Required courses: ENGL 313, 315, & 473
  • One of the following: ENGL 317, 318, 330
  • 6 credits from elective courses: ENGL 250, 318, 327, 328, 329, 435 and Cooperative Education in Journalism courses, ENGL 200, 300.

Minor Curriculum Sheet (pdf)

Print Media Studies Resource Page