2024-2025 Course Catalog

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Religion and Journalism (MRJ) Minor

I. Introductory Experience9
World Religions
Media and Society
One elective from the following list:
Religious Ethics
Race and Gender in Religion and Culture
Religion and Politics
Religion and Science
Global Ethics
Communication and Issues of Diversity
Introduction to Data in Social Context
II. Mid-level Experience 6
One elective from each group (one of which must be at the 3000/4000 level)
Group 1:
Religion and Violence
Multicultural Communication
Sociology of Religion
Biomedical Ethics
Ethical Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence
Any other RLCL course at the 2000-level or above with approval from the minor coordinator
Group 2:
Writing and Digital Media
Media Writing
The Tradition of Rhetoric and Societal Change
Public Advocacy
Media and Politics
Communication and Gender
Digital Advocacy Campaigns
Media Effects
Communication Ethics
Magazine Writing
Capstone Experience3
Religion and the Public Sphere
Total Credits18

Graduation Requirements

  • The Minor requires completion of 18 semesters hours, 6 of which must be at the 3000/4000 level.
  • Special offerings, topics courses, Independent Study (4974), Special Study (4984), or Undergraduate Research (4994) in any department, so long is the topic is appropriate, may also be counted towards the minor. Permission to include courses not specifically listed here, however, must be granted by the minor coordinator. 
  • Prerequisites: Some courses listed within the minor requirements may have pre/corequisites; please consult the University Course Catalog or with your advisor. 
  • Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 and in-minor GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate. 
  • Students interested in the Religion and Journalism are encouraged to talk with professor Matthew Gabriele (gabriele@vt.edu).
  • No more than 50% of the graded course credits required for the Minor in Religion and Journalism may be double-counted by a student also enrolled in the Religion and Culture, Humanities for Public Service, or Communication major.