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Minor Information

You’ve started college. You’ve chosen a major. You’re all set. But then someone blasts your equilibrium and asks, “What’s your minor?” That gets your mind working and makes you start to wonder about the options.

Summer 2017 Course Information

We highly encourage you to take courses that count toward your minor during the summer session.  Seats in JOUR courses in Fall and Spring terms will be VERY limited for minor students.  The SJMC Student Services Office understands that not being able to land a spot in your minor courses could hinder your progression toward graduation.  That said, we want to make every effort to help you complete your minor easily.   

For those of you away from campus this summer, four online learning courses will be offered that will count toward your minor.  Please consider one or more of them. They are:

JOUR 101 Media & Society Session 2: June 26-August 10 R. McKeever
JOUR 201 Principles of Public Relations Session 1: May 8- June 22 B. McKeever
JOUR 202 Principles of Advertising & Brand Communications Session 1: May 8- June 22 Williams
JOUR 203 Principles of Visual Communications Session 2: June 26- August 10 Kornegay

If you are in Columbia over the summer, there are additional on-campus course offerings that will count toward your minor. They are:

JOUR 220 Account Planning: Mining Insight Session 2: June 26- August 10 Wu
JOUR 291 Writing for Mass Communications Session 4: May 30- June 22 Holmes
JOUR 303 Law and Ethics of Mass Communications Session 4: May 30- June 22 Collins
JOUR 332 Mass Communications Research Session 3: June 26- July 20 Kim
JOUR 346 Graphics for Visual Communications Session 4: May 30- June 22 Farrand
JOUR 436 Public Relations Writing Session 2: June 26- August 10 Ranta
JOUR 542 Public Opinion and Persuasion Session 4: May 30- June 22 Jang

As always, you may reach out to Joey Reed (reedje@email.sc.edu) or Camea Cato (catocam@mailbox.sc.eduwith any questions you may have via email - using your USC email address only. Joey and Camea are the assigned minor advisors in our office.  Good luck and we look forward to helping you complete your academic journey at USC.  Go Gamecocks! 

Minor or Cognate

All students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications must complete an 18-hour minor or a 12-hour cognate. Minors and cognates are intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study.  The difference between a minor and a cognate is that minors are a more prescribed plan of study while cognate course selection is more flexible. 

FAQs

AM an SJMC major, how do I declare my minor?

Okay, after some thought you are now ready to declare your minor but you don’t know exactly how to do that.  Simple enough.  That’s exactly what your assigned academic advisor is here for.

To declare your minor, you need to make an academic advising appointment.  During that appointment both you and your advisor will discuss minor options at length and include those courses to your degree plan.  You can see a list of all minors on the Registrar’s Website».

General Minor Requirements:

  • No JOUR courses can be included
  • All minor courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better
  • Typically, minors must be approved by the end of freshman year

Please note:  If you do not have an approved minor on file, you might experience a delay in progression or graduation.

Transfer Students:  Per the University Bulletin, at least half of the hours in the student’s major courses and in the student’s minor courses (if applicable) must be taken at the University.

I am NOT an SJMC major; what are the minor options available at the SJMC?

If you are enrolled as a major in a school or college outside of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications but want to declare a minor with us, you need to start with personnel in your current major.

Different schools/colleges have different processes.  Some require you to see your assigned academic advisor while others may require you to visit your dean's office.  Regardless, your major academic advisor can tell you where you should start the process of declaring a minor.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers the two separate and unique minors listed below.  

  • Journalism and Mass Communications (Advertising and Public Relations Emphasis) Minor»
    If you choose to minor in advertising and public relations, you will receive a solid background in the principles of advertising and public relations. This minor offers a directed elective which provides you with an opportunity to customize the minor to your specific area of interest. 
  • Journalism and Mass Communications (Journalism Emphasis) Minor»
    If you choose to minor in journalism, you will find that this minor has been designed for the student who wants to gain a broad understanding of the mass media as well as introductory skills in the news area.  You are given the choice of two separate options to help customize your minor to your specific area of interest.

Minor Registration will begin the week after registration begins. The SJMC Student Services team will email our minors and provide more information.  

SJMC Minors Listserv

If you are not receiving emails from our minors listserv, complete the following form and we will be sure to add you to it. 

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What is a cognate and why should I consider it?

A cognate, although more flexible than a minor, is still a coherent set of four courses (12 hours).  Typically, the four courses relate to a common theme, allowing you to combine approved classes that suit your program of study.

Cognate Requirements:

  • No100-level courses may be applied to the cognate
  • No JOUR courses can be included 
  • At least 6 hours must be at the 300 level or higher
  • All cognate courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better
  • Typically, all cognates must be approved by the end of freshman year
  • You will develop your cognate program of study with your advisor

At your next advising appointment, ask your assigned academic advisor if a cognate is the right option for you. 

Please note:  If you do not have an approved minor or cognate on file, you might experience a delay in progression or graduation.