University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The Journalism summer minor at UC Berkeley is designed to give students hands-on training in improving and modernizing their skills across a wide range of communication media, including narrative writing and reporting, web skills, social media, photography and video, and audio reporting and production.

No matter your major or intended profession, literacy today requires the ability to communicate not just with text but also with pictures, video, and sound. Although Millennials are often described as “digital natives” and are accustomed to ubiquitous flows of online information, many do not know how to shape that information into compelling, well-reported narratives. Instruction will focus on teaching students to use the latest digital tools to engage with audiences in their work and to think critically and responsibly about information.

The minor is open to all Berkeley students. For visitors—including students from abroad, from UC campuses elsewhere, or from other universities—a certificate option is available. Courses are also open to students who are not seeking the minor or a certificate.

The undergraduate minor is housed in the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, which is widely regarded as one of the top professional journalism academies in the United States. Its teaching faculty is composed of distinguished current and former professional journalists who bring real-world expertise to the classroom. The master’s program was launched in 1951 and established as a professional school at UC Berkeley in 1968.

Declaring the Minor

Students intending to pursue the minor degree must submit a Declaration of Intent to Pursue the Undergraduate Minor in Journalism with the Director of Undergraduate Programs at the GSJ upon completion of their first course.

Students must submit a Completion of the Undergraduate Minor in Journalism form at the start of their final course in the minor sequence.

Students with a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but are not noted on diplomas.

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Minor Requirements

The curriculum is organized into two parts: two core courses followed by three elective courses, emphasizing respectively, fundamentals and focused expertise.

There are two required introductory courses—the first on journalistic reporting, writing, principles and ethics; and a second course on new forms of digital media and techniques of online storytelling. After completing the two required courses, students choose three elective courses in which they receive hands-on training in specialized reporting and/or multimedia production. All courses are upper division. The two parts of the curriculum—a broad introduction followed by focused study—are designed after the successful model currently taught in the Graduate School of Journalism.  

General Guidelines

  1. The minor degree consists of a minimum of 15 units (five 3-unit courses).
  2. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be taken for graded credit.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate.
  5. The minor is open to enrollment for all Berkeley students.
  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
Required Courses
JOURN 100Foundations of News Gathering3
JOURN 110Introduction to Multimedia3
Electives (Choose Three)
JOURN 111Social Media and Journalism3
JOURN 115Advanced Multimedia3
JOURN 120Investigative Reporting3
JOURN 122The Future of Visual Storytelling3
JOURN 124Introduction to Data Journalism 3
JOURN 130Specialty Reporting3
JOURN 134International Reporting3

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Faculty and Instructors

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Geeta Anand, Acting Professor. Investigative reporting, narrative non-fiction, healthcare, international reporting.

David Barstow, Professor. Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair of Investigative Journalism.

Lowell Bergman, Professor Emeritus. National security, forensic science, terrorism, corporate crime, corruption, tobacco, Symposium in Investigative Reporting.
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Andres Cediel, Professor. Immigration, documentary film, video, human rights, climate change, forensic science.

Lydia Chavez, Professor Emeritus. Jounalism, reporting, writing.
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Elena Conis, Associate Professor. Science, health, environment, public health, medicine, history.
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Mark D. Danner, Professor. Central America, politics, Balkans, foreign affairs, journalism, Haiti, documentaries.
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William J. Drummond, Professor. Politics, journalism, reporting, national security, freelancing in both print and radio.
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Richard Hernandez, Assistant Professor. Journalism, new media, Mobile, visual storytelling.
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Ken Light, Adjunct Professor. Journalism, photojournalism, documentary photography.
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Michael Pollan, Professor. Agriculture, environment, obesity, science, nutrition, journalism, food, cooking, gardening.
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Edward Wasserman, Professor. Media ethics, economics and politics of news, professional standards, media history.
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Thomas R. Burke, Lecturer.

Marilyn M. Chase, Lecturer.

Deirdre English, Lecturer.

Adam Hochschild, Lecturer.

Jennifer Kahn, Lecturer.

Thomas Peele, Lecturer.

Jeremy Rue, Lecturer.

Abbie Vansickle, Lecturer.

James R. Wheaton, Lecturer.

Samantha G. Wiesler, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Joan Bieder, Senior Lecturer SOE Emeritus. History of Jewish communities in South East Asia.
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Robert Calo, Professor Emeritus. Journalism, cultural geography, social history, urban affairs, television news production.
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Jon Else, Professor Emeritus. Directing, history, film, journalism, writing, documentary, producing, cinematography, nuclear weapons.
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Timothy Ferris, Professor Emeritus.

Tom Goldstein, Professor Emeritus. Journalism, mass communications, writer, reporter, editor.
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Cynthia Gorney, Professor Emeritus. Ethics, law, journalism, writing, reporting the news, profiles.
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Neil Henry, Professor Emeritus. Race, Africa, urban society, journalism, newspapers, community reporting, journalistic values, foreign reporting, sports, fraud.
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Thomas C. Leonard, Professor Emeritus. Journalism, the press, role of the press in society, journalists and historians, Americans, American history.
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A. Kent Macdougall, Professor Emeritus.

Carolyn Wakeman, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Graduate School of Journalism

121 North Gate Hall

Phone: 510-642-3383

Fax: 510-643-9136

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Geeta Anand

121 North Gate Hall

Associate Dean

Jeremy Rue

121 North Gate Hall

Director of Undergraduate Programs

David E. Thigpen

B1-A in North Gate Hall

Phone: 650-532-9028

Student Affairs Advisor

Michele Kerr

123 North Gate Hall

Phone: 510-643-1174

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