Minor in Photojournalism (CHSS)

As a photojournalism minor, you will explore photography as a journalistic storytelling medium. The minor prepares you to bear witness through the lens of a camera; to examine the world around you, and to pose questions and inform audiences. You will gain proficiency with digital photo technology, develop reporting skills, apply visual storytelling principles, and examine the ethical and legal challenges of capturing stories in a mediated society.

Today, more than ever before, photography is a predominant means of communication. Technological advances allow a mind-boggling number of images – more than half-a-billion a day – to be shot, posted online and delivered to the palm of our hands. It’s never been easier to take and share photos – yet it’s never been harder to capture and distribute photos that matter.

The goal of this minor is to equip you to cut through the clutter; to expose you to the standards and practices of professional photojournalism; to prepare you to be a front-row observer and chronicler of world events who credibly bears witness for us all.


All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities