Department of English

Journalism and Sports Minor

The Journalism and Sports Program offers a minor (18 credit hours) that every Morehouse student can take, regardless of his major. The minor is designed to provide a foundation in the principles of print journalism, and all students can choose journalism courses as electives. Even if you don’t want to become a journalist, your writing will become clearer, more concise, and better organized. Which means, all of your professors will respect you even more! This is a general journalism program, meaning that students with a wide variety of interests – politics, entertainment, societal issues, science, race and gender, the law – will be able to explore them through story assignments and class discussions. Also, as its founders Spike Lee ’79 and Ralph Wiley desired, this is one of the nation’s few journalism programs that emphasizes sports. This emphasis helps prepare students for careers throughout the sports industry, such as being a player’s agent. Each English and kinesiology course in the minor includes at least two weeks of sports coverage. So if you’re interested:

Step 1:
Enroll in ENGLISH 258 Basic News Writing, the introductory course.

Step 2:
Upon completing the introductory course with a C or better, enroll in any of the three other required courses or Advanced News Writing. If you sign up for the minor, take all required courses before you graduate.

  • ENGLISH 378 Sports Reporting
  • ENGLISH 388 New Media Technology
  • KINESIOLOGY 100 History and Principles of Health and Physical Education

Total required credits: 12 hours

Step 3:
The remaining 6 credit hours for the minor can consist of:

a. A journalism or sports-related internship and any journalism elective, or …
b. ENGLISH 368 Advanced News Writing: Crafting the Complex Article and any journalism elective listed below.

  • Economics 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • History 222 African American History since 1865
  • Kinesiology 162 Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics
  • Philosophy 302 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics
  • Political Science 477 African Politics
  • Political Science 490 Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • Psychology 303 Social Psychology
  • Sociology 156 Men in Society


For more information

Ron Thomas
Journalism and Sports Program
Karlye Davis
Administrative Assistant
Journalism and Sports Program

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Download the Journalism and Sports Program Minor Curriculum (PDF)