Courses and Requirements
Requirements include successful completion of five courses focusing on journalism and a professional news internship during either the academic year or a summer.
Students who want to participate in the Gallivan Program are expected to take “Fundamentals of Journalism,” which is offered each fall semester, as their first class. Other courses that count for the minor are announced each semester by the Gallivan Program. No more than two courses beyond “Fundamentals of Journalism” that concentrate on journalistic techniques will count for the required 15 hours. The five courses for the minor in journalism must be taken separately from and in addition to a student's major courses.
"Fundamentals of Journalism" is the entry-level or gateway course for the Gallivan Program. It is offered each Fall semester. Rising sophomores or rising juniors apply in spring to take "Fundamentals" in the following fall semester, and a faculty committee evaluates each application. Rising seniors are not able to apply.
Please Note: Students cannot enroll in classes for the minor or pursue an internship in journalism until successful completion of "Fundamentals of Journalism."
The Gallivan Program awards credit or sponsors several news internships during the academic year and summer.
A JED minor can participate in an academic internship during the school year, a Gallivan Program-supported summer internship, a summer job at a news organization for which there is compensation, or a news-related work experience away from campus during summer that involves the awarding of one hour of academic credit the following fall semester. In every case, the JED student needs to receive approval by the director of the Gallivan Program for the internship or work experience to count for the requirement of the journalism minor. A minimum of 150 hours is required to fulfill the minor’s internship requirement.