Upon completion of the Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree, students will have a strong foundation in reporting and producing news content, as well as an understanding of the media industry, First Amendment, and professional standards. Students will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience producing multi-dimensional content for student news publications and emerging platforms. Students who earn an associate degree this degree transfer as Journalism majors or into other related majors such as Communications, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, Media Studies, Integrated Media, English, Advertising, Radio & Television, Broadcasting, and Visual Studies.
Jobs earned with journalism writing and media skills range from reporting for newspapers and magazines to online contributors, book editing, broadcast for news stations, producing content for radio, copyediting, grant writing, graphic and page designing, photography, research analysts, social media manager, technical writing, web managing, and public relations, which is the most common career path for most journalism majors.
Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree will receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate a range of skills necessary for work as photographers, video journalists, designers, etc. in editorial departments of news organizations, magazines, industrial in-house publications, emerging businesses in media and related industries.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the First Amendment, media history and current trends in the industry.
- Demonstrate an understanding of professional standards, ethics and media law.
- Demonstrate practical skills and understanding of convergence, multimedia, emerging technology and innovation in journalism and the media industry.
The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:
- Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must earn a “C” (or “P” Pass) or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
Group A: Select one of the following courses
Group B: Select two of the following courses
Total Units for the Major: 19-24
*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.