Courses and Requirements

General Requirements

Requirements include successful completion of 15 credit hours 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.

Applications are now being accepted for admission to the program for Fall Semester 2020. The application deadline is March 20.

Please Note: Students typically 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.


Spring 2020 Class Schedule

The Digital Newsroom
JED 30129
Richard G. Jones
MW  9:30 - 10:45

Magazine Writing
JED 30177
Jason Kelly
MW  11 - 12:15

Advanced Reporting
JED 30108
Jack Colwell
MW 2:00 - 3:15

Ethics and Journalism
JED 30468
Gary Sieber
MW 5:05 - 6:20

Investigative Reporting
JED 30134
Brendan O'Shaughnessy
TR 9:30 - 10:45

Issues in Contemporary Newsrooms
JED 30135
Team taught by Keifer Distinguished Visiting Journalists Butch Ward (former managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer) and Don Wycliff (former editorial page editor of The Chicago Tribune); Alan Achkar and Mary Shown of The South Bend Tribune; journalist and documentary filmmaker Peter Bailey and Prof. Victoria St. Martin.
TR 12:30 - 1:45 (Please note: This is a one-credit course that meets twice weekly from Jan. 28 to Feb. 27)


Planned Fall 2020 Class Schedule

Multiplatform Journalism: Advanced Video Editing
JED 30109
Victoria St. Martin
MW 8 - 9:15

Applied Multimedia for Journalists
JED 30132
Victoria St. Martin
MW 9:30 - 10:45

Fundamentals of Journalism
JED 30100
Richard G. Jones
MW 9:30 - 10:45

Sports Media Newsroom
JED 30131
Jason Kelly
MW 11 - 12:15

Persuasion, Commentary & Criticism
JED 30112
Jack Colwell
MW 2:00 - 3:15

News Editing and Design
JED 30133
Brittany Kaufman
TR 9:30 - 10:45 (Please note: This is a one-credit course that meets twice weekly from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15)

The Art of Science Journalism
JED 30136
Deanna McCool
TR 9:30 - 10:45 (Please note: This is a one-credit course that meets twice weekly from Oct. 27 to Dec. 1)

American Political Journalism
JED 34103
Carlos Lozada
Washington D.C. Program