2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Feb 05, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Journalism Associate in Arts for Transfer

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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.

Graduation Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-Breadth).
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. 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.


Course ID Title Units
JRN 1  or Mass Media and Society 3
CTVR 1   Mass Media and Society 3
JRN 2  * News Writing 3
JRN 111  * or News Media Production and Editing 4
JRN 112  * News Media Production, Blogging and Social Media 4
Group A:    
JRN 106  * Video Journalism 3
Group B:  Select two of the following courses  
MATH 10  * or Introduction to Statistics 3
PSYC 44  * Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
ECON 4  * or Principles (Micro) 3
ECON 4H  * or Honors Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 2  * or Principles (MACRO) 3
ECON 2H  * Honors Principles of Macroeconomics 3
PS 1  or American Government 3
PS 1H   Honors American Government 3
PS 12   Comparative Politics and Government 3
ENG 1B  * or Principles of Composition II 3
ENG 1BH  * or Honors Principles of Composition II 3
ENG 70   Reasoning and College Reading 3
PHIL 12   Introduction to Logic 3
COMM 3  * Argumentation and Debate 3
ANTH 2  or Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 2H   Honors Cultural Anthropology 3
CTVR 3   The History and Appreciation of American Cinema 3
CTVR 5   History and Appreciation of International Cinema 3
CTVR 7   Cross Cultural Cinema 3
CTVR 9   Women in Cinema and Television 3
CHI 1  * Elementary Chinese 5
ENG 1A  * or Principles of Composition I 4
ENG 1AH  * Honors Principles of Composition I 4
ES 1   Multicultural Experiences in the United States 3
ENV 24   Natural History of California 4
FR 1  * Elementary French 5
MATH 2  * Pre-Calculus Mathematics 5
MUS 27   History of Jazz 3
MUS 28   History of Rock 3
PHOT 25   History of Photography 3
SL 1  * American Sign Language I 4
SPAN 1  or Elementary Spanish 5
SPAN 1H   Honors Elementary Spanish 5
COMM 1  or Communication Fundamentals 3
COMM 1H   Honors Communication Fundamentals 3
GSS 10   or Introduction to Women’s Studies 3
GSS 10H   Honors intro to Women’s Studies 3



*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

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