Journalism and Sports


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. All students can choose journalism courses as electives. Even if a student doesn’t want to become a journalist, your writing will become clearer, more concise, and better organized. 

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.

STEP 1: Take English 258 Basic News Writing, the introductory course 

STEP 2:  After completing the introductory course with a C or better, take any of the three other required courses – English 378 Sports Reporting, English 388 New Media Technology or English 368 Advanced News Writing: Crafting the Complex Article. Students who sign up for the minor must take all four courses before they graduate.
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. Kinesiology 100 History and Principles of Health and Physical Education. 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

Off-campus Learning Opportunities
The classroom extends beyond the campus borders as students are transported to special learning environments, such as:

  • Arthur M. Blank Foundation for lectures about politics or education
  • Philips Arena to write about an Atlanta Hawks NBA game
  • National Association of Black Journalists Convention to network with professional journalists and graduate school admissions counselors
  • CNN and Turner Sports broadcast studios