Fred Berger in Class

Journalism (minor)

The Journalism minor is an excellent accompaniment to any major and should be considered by students who wish to pursue careers in writing, reporting, and editing for the print or broadcast media. Special consideration should be given by secondary education minors who would like preparation to supervise a high school newspaper. 



Only available as a minor

Also see Department of English

Why Journalism?

  • 1The field of Journalism stresses communication skills, which also happens to be the number one attribute employers look for in employees.
  • 2Magazines, newspapers, online journals, photography, and broadcasts are just a few examples of publications that need people with Journalism knowledge on staff.
  • 3Journalism is arguably the most important and reliable form of communication in the 21st century. Through research and writing, journalists are responsible for keeping the world informed.

Careers in Journalism

  • Advertising Executive
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Media Specialist
  • Photographer
  • Television Producer
  • Television Reporter
  • Website Designer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Northwestern University
  • Indiana University
  • New York University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Purdue University

Why Study Journalism at Saint Joseph's College?


SJC’s Journalism minor is  an excellent accompaniment to any major and should be considered by students who wish to pursue careers in writing, reporting, and editing for the print or broadcast media. Our Journalism minor stresses communication skills in newspaper writing, editing, and publishing, as well as coursework in journalism ethics and media law.

Hands-on Experience

While we know the significance of classroom learning, SJC also recognizes the importance of knowledge application. That is why we encourage our Journalism students to staff The Observer, the College’s student-produced newspaper, and pursue internships in their areas of interest. As a result, our Journalism graduates are more marketable because they already have practical work experience when they begin to search for jobs.

Dedication to Excellence

SJC’s Core Program has proven to be advantageous for our Journalism students. Because our Core Program is writing-intensive, our Journalism minors earn 65 credit hours of writing experience. Thus, our Journalism students have more writing experience than Journalism minors of other institutions. 

Faculty and Class Size

Our Journalism minors work with both our Department of English and our Department of Communication. The departments include faculty who have published articles, fiction, and poetry in a variety of respected journals and magazines, as well as faculty members who have experience from states all over the country. With classes ranging from 10 to 25 students, Journalism minors develop as both writers and thinkers.

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.