Journalism Degree

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Journalism A.A. degree is for students who have a goal of becoming media professionals, for which a degree is now expected. Some students pursuing this degree are non-CSU transfers who plan to major or minor in journalism at a four-year university and can complete lower-division major requirements through the associate degree. Other students are re-entry students with four-year degrees and want to add an associate degree in journalism to their resume so they can obtain multimedia skills, which are a necessity in today’s journalism.

Other re-entry students desire a journalism A.A. that will provide them with the skills to work in journalism. A major in journalism offers students the opportunity to take courses in media theories, news writing and reporting, AP style, and writing for publication, which readies them for the following courses that offer hands-on experience in three award-winning, student-produced publications: the Express, a biweekly print newspaper; Mainline, a magazine published once a semester; and saccityexpress.com, the online news publication. The Journalism degree prepares students for university-level studies in Journalism and leads to entry-level employment and careers in print, broadcast, and online news media.

Career Opportunities

This program gives students the opportunity to prepare for entry-level positions as print and online writers, reporters, copy editors, photographers, videographers, pod-casters, and designers for online media, broadcast stations, newspapers, newsletters, magazines, or businesses and organizations with websites.

Associate in Arts Degree

The Journalism Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Required Program

  • JOUR 300 Newswriting and Reporting 3
  • JOUR 302 Style for Media Writers 1
  • JOUR 310 Mass Media and Society 3

     or COMM 351 Mass Media and Society (3) 
     or ENGWR 384 Mass Media and Society (3) 

  • JOUR 410 College Media Production I (3)
  • JOUR 430 Online Multimedia Production I (3)

A minimum of 3 units from the following:

  • JOUR 411 College Media Production II  (3)
  • JOUR 412 College Media Production III  (3)
  • JOUR 431 Online Multimedia Production II (3)
  • JOUR 432 Online Multimedia Production III (3)

A minimum of 3 units from the following:

GCOM 319 Print and Multimedia Publication Design (3)
JOUR 320 Race and Gender in the Media (3)
ENGWR 330 Writing for Publication (3)
     or JOUR 340 Writing for Publication (3)
PHOTO 350 Photojournalism (3)
     or JOUR 360 Photojournalism (3)
PHOTO 380 Multimedia Capture I (3)
     or JOUR 364 Multimedia Capture I (3)
PHOTO 381 Multimedia Capture II (3)
     or JOUR 365 Multimedia Capture II (3)
JOUR 403 College Magazine Production (3)
JOUR 413 College Media Production IV (3)
JOUR 433 Online Multimedia Production IV (3)

Total Units: 19

 

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to: 

  • write clear and concise stories that adhere to journalistic conventions.
  • conduct research and evaluate information using appropriate methods.
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic news, feature writing, and reporting in print and on-line media.
  • evaluate his or her work and that of others for accuracy, fairness, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness.
  • produce news and feature articles, photographs, and/or multimedia packages for publication in a newspaper, magazine, or on-line publication.
  • understand and apply the principles of the First Amendment and other laws appropriate to professional practice.
  • apply ethical principles in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity.
  • identify and explain the processes, elements, history, and theory of modern mass media in society and how it influences society.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of mass media theories, concepts. and practices as they relate to gender, ethnicity, and class constructs.