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Boston College Opens New Journalism Minor for Students

Boston College announced a new journalism minor on Feb. 14 via its website. This new interdisciplinary program will build on the preexisting journalism courses offered to undergraduates.

In line with the university's liberal arts mission, this new minor aims to promote, “conversation with the wider contemporary world,” by making connections between the BC campus and cultures across the globe.

Angela Ards, the director of the interdisciplinary program, commented that the minor will have a, “distinctive BC flair, reflecting our tradition of training students to make a positive difference in the world.”

The journalism minor also aims to foster a critical understanding of the, “history and traditions of journalism,” within students and provide the necessary craft skills required of a journalist.

“Students will learn how to apply the bedrock skills of our field—finding news, expressing news, presenting it to the public—within a shifting technological and media environment from some of the most dynamic working journalists in the city," said Ards. 

The journalism minor will be available for this spring’s course registration, and the application, which is due Mar. 15, is now accessible on the university’s website. Students must submit their GPA, answer a few short questions, and attach a writing sample. If accepted, students will be able to sign up for classes under the journalism minor for the fall semester of 2018.

The journalism minor requires six courses, including an Introduction to Journalism course, four elective classes, and a final seminar. The courses are designed to teach students vital themes such as ethics and technology. Students have the freedom to pick their elective classes from an array of fields such as business journalism, reporting civil rights, and nonfiction storytelling.

The introduction of the interdisciplinary minor will allow students to truly study journalism in detail. Students will learn the essentials of acquiring reliable information and presenting it in a concise, useful, and compelling way. The program will also offer very unique opportunities, in which students will be able to work with professional journalists and intern at media outlets.

Dorothy Cucci, MCAS ‘21, a student interested in the minor, commented, “I love writing, especially for news publications, and I’m enjoying the journalism course I’m taking this semester. It’s disappointing that BC doesn’t offer a journalism major, but, adding a journalism minor is definitely better than nothing!”

Before the program was introduced at Boston College, students interested in Journalism had limited resources. Previously, students could only pursue a minor in American Studies with a concentration in journalism.

Ards explained that BC students expressed great interest in the journalism concentration and she recognized its ability to produce successful working journalists. She went on to note the importance of journalism's role in the current day and age, saying that the program's introduction comes at an important inflection point in the life of our campus and nation.

Ards also stressed the importance of free press to a democratic society.

"There perhaps has been no better, nor more important, time to be a journalist,” said Ards.