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.
Requirements for the Major
Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements
- 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
- the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
- a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
- obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
- earn a grade of C or better, or “P” if the course is graded on a P/NP basis, in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
- Cooperate with editors and other staff members in a news room environment to produce and publish a weekly campus newspaper.
- Produce a portfolio showing a range of published stories demonstrating skills in writing news, feature, opinion, and sports stories.
- 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
|COMM 001||SURVEY OF MASS COMMUNICATION||3|
|JOUR 002||BEGINNING JOURNALISM||3|
|JOUR 007A||NEWSWRITING AND MAKE-UP I||4|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|REPORTING AND NEWSWRITING|
|NEWSWRITING AND MAKE-UP II|
|PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS|
or ECON 001B
|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|
or PHIL 033
|INTRODUCTION TO SYMBOLIC LOGIC|
|ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE|
|INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION|
or STAT 018
|STATISTICS FOR BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES|
|CSU General Education or IGETC CSU Pattern||37-39|
|Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)|
Visit the Program Mapper for a suggested sequence of courses.