Jul 22, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Journalism Public Relations Minor

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Department of Journalism, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

34-35 credits


Journalism majors and minors pursue theoretical and practical communication studies in a liberal arts setting. Courses in the public relations minor include writing, media studies and public relations courses to provide students with basic skills important for careers in this rapidly growing field.

Why Consider a Journalism Public Relations Minor?

The Journalism Public Relations Minor was added to provide a focus on public relations studies not covered in the Journalism Minor, which emphasizes news/editorial. Its focus on writing, editing, analysis of information and communicating to a variety of audiences using a breadth of communication platforms is of interest to many employers in today’s fast-changing economy. The Journalism Public Relations Minor is an excellent complement to majors such as business, marketing and communication studies.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Brian J. Bowe
Communications Facility 253

Academic Department Manager
Jennifer Dalton
Communications Facility 255

 Sample Careers

Reporter | Editor | Customer Service Representative | Public Relations Specialist | Community Relations Director | TV News Anchor | Speech Writer | Advertising Copywriter | Copywriter | Market Research Analyst | Lobbyist | Photojournalist | Designer | Multimedia Producer | All careers involving communication

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students interested in completing a minor in Journalism/Public Relations must have a 2.5 GPA or higher at Western. They should contact the Journalism department manager as early as possible to complete paperwork. Journalism and PR courses are in high demand, and we work closely with minors to place them in classes in a timely fashion for graduation.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and not supporting courses for majors and minors.

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