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EIU School of Communication and Journalism

MINORS

Many students choose to expand their area of study by selecting a minor. The School of Communication & Journalism is directly involved in the following minors:

Advertising

An interdisciplinary program of study designed to enhance students' understanding of the promotion of products and services to various markets. Key components include the critical examination of ad campaigns and strategies and the application of knowledge.  Click here for information about required coursework.

Broadcast Meteorology 

This interdisciplinary minor combines the study of weather and climate with classes in radio and television announcing and production. It prepares students to effectively communicate complex weather information to multiple audiences through various media.  Click here for information about required coursework.

Communication and Cultural Diversity 

This minor examines the ways in which communication constructs our understanding of diversity and difference, how stereotypes and prejudices are maintained and challenged, and how possibilities for inclusion are created.  Click here for information about required coursework.

Communication Studies

This minor provides students with a well-rounded approach to understanding the role of communication in society. This minor is not available for communication studies majors.  Click here for information about required coursework.

Film Studies

An interdisciplinary minor devoted to the study of cinema history, theory, criticism and production.  Click here for information about required coursework.

Health Communication

This interdisciplinary minor offers a combination of communication studies and health studies courses to students planning a career in health professions or public relations. It combines study of the health care industry, public policy and communication strategies.  Click here for information about required coursework.

Journalism

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Photojournalism

This 18-hour photojournalism minor, comprised of courses already part of the journalism curriculum taught by tenured faculty, lays a foundation for using the camera to document the world around them and then leads students through advanced classes and finally to a semester-long project. Besides digital and still photography, students will be introduced to basic video and will be able to edit and post this content to the web. Photojournalism skills and principles can be transferred to a variety of occupations as well as to a student's own life story. With the skills students learn and practice in the photojournalism minor, students will be able to help with publication and digital communication for business and work environments or with feature photography that chronicles their world. This minor would be a nice complement to several majors such as public relations, art, and business, as well as attractive to students who enjoy photography as a hobby or entrepreneurial endeavor. Click here for information about required coursework.

Public Relations 

An interdisciplinary program designed for students who do not choose public relations as their major but seek additional study of strategic communication.  Click here for information about required coursework.

Radio & Audio Production

A comprehensive, practical overview of all production elements in performing, recording, editing, and circulating sound through media. This minor teaches audio production and voice work for individuals interested in radio, announcing, television production, music recording (field or studio), live sound reinforcement, audio-visual installation, or for creative individuals looking to express themselves through sound.  Click here for information about required coursework.

Social Media Engagement

This 16-hour minor, comprised of courses in the journalism curriculum, lays a foundation for using social media platforms to research, publish and engage with audiences in numerous contexts. Social Engagement Management skills can be transferred to a variety of occupations and prepares students for rapidly changing online environments. With the skills students learn and practice in the Social Media Engagement minor, students will be able to help with publication and digital communication for business and work environments and communities throughout the world. This minor is an excellent complement to majors such as journalism, public relations, political science, art and business.  Click here for information about required coursework.

Sports Media Relations

This minor provides insights into the roles and duties performed by sports media professionals by offering courses that enable students to examine and practice skills related to the fundamentals of sports media relations, which includes working with the media, athletes and coaches, managing crisis situations, recording statistics, writing game reports, marketing teams, organizing press conferences, and managing game events. Click here for information about required coursework.

Video Production

This minor provides students with the skills and knowledge to create professional or creative video content in a variety of formats. Complementary to any major at the university, this minor teaches the practical knowledge and marketable skills of developing, producing, and editing a variety of video forms and genres.  Click here for information about required coursework.

 

 

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