Minor in Journalism

The Department of English and the Department of Communication offer a minor in Journalism to N.C. State students, except English majors in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing Concentration (16ENGLLWR). The minor will provide coursework in writing and editing news and features for print and non-print media, as well as an introduction to the profession of journalism.


  • Completion of 15 credit hours of coursework at the 200 level or above as listed below.
  • No more than 2 courses (6 hours) of transfer credit
  • Must have an overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor and may count no course grade lower than a 'C-'.
  • Three (3) required courses and two (2) elective courses.
  • Two courses may count for both a student's major and minor.

Required Courses (9 credit hours)

  • ENG 214 Introduction to Editing OR ENG 417 Editorial and Opinion Writing
  • ENG 316 Principles of News and Article Writing OR ENG 281 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG 416 Advanced News and Article Writing

Elective Group I (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

  • COM 267 Electronic Media Writing: Theory and Practice
  • ENG 317 Designing Networked Communication

Elective Group II (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

  • COM 421 Communication Law
  • COM 431 Communication in Political Campaigns
  • COM 441 Ethical Issues in Communication
  • ENG 281 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG 350 Internship in Writing and Editing
  • ENG 381 Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
  • ENG 417 Editorial and Opinion Writing
  • ENG 425 Analyzing Scientific and Technical Writing

Only open to Communication Majors

  • COM 417 Advanced Topics in Communication and Race
  • COM 447 Communication and Globalization
  • COM 457 Media and Family
  • COM 487 Internet and Society


Students can apply for admission to any university minor program in MyPack Portal. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review.

How to add a minor


The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Students can monitor their progress toward completing the minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. 

Questions regarding unmet course requirements on your Minor Degree Audit (indicated by a red ‘X’) should be directed to the Minor Coordinator below.

Minor Director

Paul Isom
103 Tompkins Hall

Minor Advisor

Paul Isom
103 Tompkins Hall

SIS Code: 16JOM