The Interdisciplinary Minor in Spanish-Language Journalism prepares students to report on Spanish-speaking and Latino communities, and to write about those communities for the Spanish-language and English-language news media. The minor helps students to better understand both Spanish-language and Latino media and Spanish-language and Latino communities. The minor engages the resources of the departments of Journalism and Chicana/o Studies, the Spanish-language program of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, and the Central American Studies program. The minor is open to all interested students regardless of major.


The interdisciplinary minor in Spanish-Language Journalism consists of 24 units: 6 units of study designed specifically for the program’s core and 18 units in the four participating departments and programs. All students who minor in this program will take the two core courses: SLJ 374 and SLJ 474. Students majoring in either Chicana/o Studies or Central American Studies will take nine units in Journalism and nine units in Spanish. Spanish majors will take nine units in either Chicana/o Studies or Central American Studies and nine units in Journalism. Journalism majors will take nine units in either Chicana/o Studies or Central American Studies and nine units in Spanish. Students who come to the program from other majors will be required to take the two core courses and six units in Journalism, six units in Spanish, and six units in either Chicana/o Studies or Central American Studies.

Lower Division Required Courses (15 Units)

1. JOUR 110 Writing, Reporting and Ethics I (3)

2. JOUR 210 Writing, Reporting and Ethics II (3)

3. SPAN 220A Intermediate Spanish I (3)

4. SPAN 220B Intermediate Spanish II (3)

5. Select one of the following:

CHS 100 Chicana/o Culture (3)

CAS 100 Introduction to Central American Studies (3)

Upper Division Required Courses (9 units):

1. JOUR 374SLJ Spanish-Language News Environment (3)

2. JOUR 474SLJ Spanish-Language Media Writing (3)

3. SPAN 306 Advanced Composition (for non-Spanish majors) (3)

Upper Division Electives*

*NOTE: Journalism Majors who are also minors must complete 15 units in a combination of SPAN, CH S or CAS to fulfill the major’s collateral field requirement.

Up to 9 units from the following courses (for non-journalism majors):

JOUR 310 Writing, Reporting &Ethics III (3)

JOUR 315 Reporting for Broadcast (3)

JOUR 325 TV News Techniques (1)

JOUR 330 Editing (2)

JOUR 340 Principles of PR (3)

JOUR 335 Writing, Producing and Editing Television News (2) 

JOUR 395A Broadcast News Practicum (1) 

JOUR 397A Newspaper Practicum (1)

SPAN 306 Advanced Composition (for non-Spanish majors (3)

Up to two of the following six courses (for non-Chicana/o Studies majors):

CHS 345 History of Mexican Peoples (3)

CHS 360 Political Organizations of the Barrio (3) 

CHS 361 Urbanization and the Chicana/o (3) 

CHS 445 History of the Chicana/o (3) 

CHS 460 Politics of the Chicana/o (3) 

CHS 470 Cultural Differences and the Chicana/o (3)

or up to two of the following four courses (for non-Central American Studies majors):

CAS 310 Modern History of the Central American People (3) 

CAS 311 The Central American Diaspora (3) 

CAS 365 Changing Roles of Central American Women (3) 

CAS 369 Contemporary Social & Religious Movements of the Central American Peoples (3)

Core Courses

Prerequisite: None.
The course is a survey of Latino-oriented and Spanish-language news media and of the news coverage of Latinos and Spanish-language communities. The course provides students with a general understanding of contemporary Spanish-speaking and Latino communities. Conducted in English.


Prerequisite: Upper-division level of Spanish language and Journalism 210, or instructor approval.
The course will guide students in the methods and styles of reporting and writing in Spanish for print and broadcast. It will prepare students to take part in the Journalism Department’s media practica. Conducted in Spanish.