Journalism – Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer to CSU

Top Code: 0602.00

The Journalism AA-T curriculum prepares students to seek employment with print and online newspapers, magazines, and digital publications. Graduates will be prepared to work as reporters, writers, news researchers, feature article writers, and editorial and design specialists. The curriculum features experience with computerized desktop publishing/editing and online publishing software.  

This area of emphasis is intended to align students with preparation for transfer into the CSU system in the Journalism major sequence. It includes theory of mass communications, introduction to news writing, and practical experience reporting, writing and producing a weekly newspaper and its online edition.

The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of coursework totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional local graduation requirements.)

Program Outcomes

  1. Cooperate with editors and other staff members in a news room environment to produce and publish a weekly campus newspaper.
  2. Produce a portfolio showing a range of published stories demonstrating skills in writing news, feature, opinion, and sports stories.
  3. Direct staff members and organize page content to produce a weekly newspaper. Students will also act as publication editors and design the pages.

Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer Degree

Required Core
COMM 001SURVEY OF MASS COMMUNICATION3
JOUR 002BEGINNING JOURNALISM3
JOUR 007ANEWSWRITING AND MAKE-UP I4
List A
Select one of the following:3
REPORTING AND NEWSWRITING
NEWSWRITING AND MAKE-UP II
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
BEGINNING PHOTOJOURNALISM
List B
Select two of the following:6
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
INTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION-CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENT
INTRODUCTION TO BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THINKING
LOGIC
INTRODUCTION TO SYMBOLIC LOGIC
ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE
INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
STATISTICS FOR BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Required Subtotal19
CSU General Education or IGETC CSU Pattern37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total60

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree