Journalism (AA-T Degree A0400)

Humanities and Social Science Division
The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer provides a broad base of education in the discipline and introduces students to journalism and multimedia. It gives students the option of studying journalistic writing for traditional and online media. Completion of the degree provides students with the core skills and knowledge needed to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Journalism. Students who earn this degree will be able to transfer to university or enter the local job market. In this program, students will gain hands-on experience with all aspects of news gathering, organizing, writing, and disseminating information.

To earn an Associate in Arts degree for Transfer a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
JOUR 100Introduction to Mass Communications3
JOUR 101Beginning Writing and Reporting for the Mass Media3
JOUR 114Student News Media Staff3
Choose one course from the following:3
Intermediate Writing and Reporting for Mass Media
Introduction to Public Relations
Student News Media Editing Staff
Multimedia Storytelling
Choose two courses from the following 6-7
Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics
Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors
Critical Thinking and Writing
Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
Basic Digital and Film Photography
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Introduction to American Government and Politics - Honors
Comparative Politics
Argumentation and Debate
Argumentation and Debate - Honors
Total Units for Major18-19
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
Total Units60

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • Critically and ethically evaluate and apply functions of the mass media.
  • Create and/or analyze content in diverse settings.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Guided Pathways of Study

When students can identify a career goal early on in their educational journey, they are more likely to complete on time and succeed. Consistent guidance and a clear outline of the required courses help support students decisions in choosing the right program for them. Explore below to find the programs that most interest you.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
JOUR 101 Beginning Writing and Reporting for the Mass Media 3 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
CSU ARTS CSU GE C1 Arts Crse 3 3
CSU SELF CSU GE E Lifelong n SelfDev cr 3 3
Spring Term 1
JOUR 100 Introduction to Mass Communications 3 3
CSU MATH CSU GE B4 Mathematics Crse 3 3-4
CSU CRTTH CSU Area A-3 Crit Thnkg Course 3 3-4
Summer Term 1
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
Fall Term 2
CSU HUM CSU GE C2 Humanities Crse 3 3-4
CSU SCNC1 CSU GE B1 Physical Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU LAB CSU GE B3 Phy/Life Sc Lab Crse 1 1-2
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 3 1-5
CSU elective to meet transfer units CSU elective to meet transfer units  
Winter Term 2
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
Spring Term 2
CSU ART/H CSU GE C-1 or C-2 Art/Hum Crse 3 3-4
CSU SCNC2 CSU GE B2 Life Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU ETHS CSU GE Area F Ethnic Studies 3 3
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 3 1-5
CSU elective to meet transfer units CSU elective to meet transfer units  
 Total Units46-63
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