Journalism Transfer Degree

JOURNALISM

Associate of Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

(STATE CODE 32621)

Associate Degree requirements must be completed with a cumulative gradepoint average of 2.0 (C) or better.

This degree is intended for students transferring to a California State University campus. It is not a requirement for transfer but may give students an admission advantage at some CSU campuses. Not all CSU campuses accept this degree as fulfillment of lower-division major requirements. Students should meet with a counselor to determine if this degree is a good option for them. Information on which CSU campuses accept this degree can be found at http://www.sb1440.org/

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Students pursuing the Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer Degree (AA-T in Journalism) will engage in the study of journalism. In addition they will improve their critical thinking, communication skills and writing skills. The goal of this degree is to provide students a basic understanding of the field of Journalism and a strong academic foundation in the social sciences from which to engage in upper division coursework in Journalism at a California State University campus.

The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer Degree (AA-T in Journalism) is intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, or a similar major such as Communica­tions/Media Arts and Marketing at a CSU campus. Students completing the AA-T degree in Journalism are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not necessarily to a particular CSU campus or major of their choice. Students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements as this AA-T in Journalism may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a college or university that is not part of the CSU system. Students who complete this degree may enter with junior status to the California State University system, and will be given priority admission to the CSU system. Student journalists are encour­aged to participate in campus media and internships as productivity is key to success in this rapidly evolving profession.

To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements (pursuant to SB1440):

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to a California State University.
  • 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.
  • A grade of “C” or better (or “P” if the course is taken on a pass/ no pass basis) in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct research, gather information, write clearly and correctly, and present relevant news or persuasive information at a professional level.
  • Think critically, creatively, and independently; evaluate their own work and the work of others for accuracy, fairness, clarity, style, and correctness.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of mass communi­cations (journalism, cinema, broadcasting), the diversity of groups in a global society in relationship to communications, and the role of mass communications in society.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical concepts, legal implications, considerations, and practices that guide the mass media professions.

 

MAJOR – REQUIRED COURSES

SUBJECT & NO. COURSE UNITS

JOURNAL 100 Social Values in Mass Communication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

JOURNAL 101 Collecting and Writing News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

JOURNAL 217 & 219

Publication Laboratory & . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Techniques for Staff Editors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

OR

JOURNAL 220 Magazine Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

OR

BRDCSTG 10 Radio Programming and Production. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

List A: Select one course (3 units) from the following

MULTIMD 801/MEDIART 801 Multimedia Storytelling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

JOURNAL 202 Advanced Newswriting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

PUB REL 1 Principles of Public Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

PHOTO 20 Beginning Photojournalism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

JOURNAL 251 Visual Communication in Mass Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

JOURNAL 218 Practical Editing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

List B: Select two courses (6 units) from the following. If course(s) below was taken for the required core list above, it may not be used to meet this area: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

PHOTO 101 Beginning Digital Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

MATH 227 Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

OR

STAT 1 Elementary Statistics I for the Social Sciences. . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

POL SCI 1 The Government of the United States. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

POL SCI 2 Modern World Governments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

PUB REL 1 Principles of Public Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

ENGLISH 103 Composition and Critical Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

COMM 104 Argumentation and Debate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

MAJOR – TOTAL UNITS 18-20

GENERAL EDUCATION – REQUIRED COURSES

Students must complete one of the following General Education Plans:

LACCD GE NOT AVAILABLE WITH THIS MAJOR

CSU GE CSU GE Breadth Certification Plan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 units

IGETC Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum. . . . . . . .34-37 units

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