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The photojournalism minor helps to build a strong visual communication foundation that may be used in a variety of career paths. Students experience challenges ranging from photo story production to small product and fashion work. Class time is spent in the iMac-equipped Publications Lab or just down the hall in the studio.

    • Photojournalism students have the opportunity to participate in the Southeast Journalism Competition and the Baptist Press Collegiate Journalism Conference Contest. Union students consistently bring home top awards in these events.
    • Spring of each year brings the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference held in Fort Worth. Union not only takes a large group of students to the event, but also serves in a lead role in the direction of the event. Students also take several short one-day trips yearly to nearby locations to visit with professionals in the field.

Each year there are a number of unique opportunities.

Students have the ability to work in their fields preceding graduation by producing photos for:

    • Cardinal & Cream, a student-lead publication of the university, posts news online through and distributes the posts to Social Media. Photos made by staff photographers are posted on the C&C Instagram account. Once a semester C&C publishes a magazine-style issue that features the photos made by staff photographers.
    • The Office of University Communication which produce informative material for the university.
    • University sponsored events like Help-Portrait through RIFA, which is a project to capture and deliver photos of people in need.

Photojournalism minor: 18 hours (6 classes)

Required Courses

Introduction to news writing skills for the beginning media student to understand the differences and similarities of writing for print and broadcast media. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall and Spring.
The basics of seeing a story-telling photograph and learning to apply the basics of photography to help communicate a message. Emphasis will be placed on setting high standards of visual integrity and communication ethics and on developing an understanding of the role of photojournalism in shaping and reflecting contemporary society. The history of photojournalism, current trends, and the varied challenges found in this field will be explored. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Fall and Spring.
Social documentary photojournalism is an attempt to bear witness, to bring attention, and to advocate. At its best, it tries also to communicate something a concerned and informed photographer felt when he/she released the camera’s shutter. Social documentary photojournalism communicates through a complex distillation of visual truth and interpretation. This course will take a close look at work that has made an impact on its audiences and at the photographers who produced it. Technical proficiency and visual awareness will continue to broaden.Offered in the Spring.Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: COM 336. Offered in the Spring.
Course will broaden proficiency and visual awareness in the articulation of ideas through learning how to “see” light, capturing the moment, documentary photography, portraiture, fashion, food, architecture, advertising, and sports. It will also stress exploring a fresh view of the commonplace, maintaining high standards of visual communication and understanding the relationship between words, photographs, and design. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: COM 236. Offered in the Fall and Winter.
An exploration of the technical aesthetic qualities of photographs and how these factors affect editorial decisions concerning their use in publications. Students will acquire skills in visual editing and participate in discussions of ethical and legal issues. Understanding subject emphasis, application of framing techniques, characteristics of good photographs, universal themes, photograph evaluation, recognizing impact value, and ethics will be stressed. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: COM 336. Offered in the Spring.
This course will explore the many variations of portfolio presentation in today’s marketplace and the photographs needed to present a well-rounded collection. Preparation of a portfolio based upon research in the student’s areas of interest will be a primary target of the class. Looking closely at potential clients, target audiences, various ways of delivery, and the images needed for a portfolio will be addressed. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: COM 336. Offered in the Fall.

*Students whose major requires COM 121 and/or 236 may substitute with courses from:

A continuing exploration of photography with emphasis on creative expression and visual experimentation. Six studio hours per week. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: ART 231. Offered in the Fall and Spring.
Project-based approach toward developing skills in the creation of interactive media using industry standard software, interactive design theories, needs assessment, and project management procedures. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisite: COM 220, Offered in the Fall.
Using hands-on experiences to edit, design, layout, and develop camera-ready documents to provide practical knowledge of state-of-the-art publishing technology. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Spring.
Selected students work as interns in supervised photojournalism work. Credit hours: 3. Prerequisites: Three courses required in the Photojournalism minor. Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.