Journalism Degree

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Journalism A.A. degree is for students who have a goal of becoming news 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 hands-on experience as part of the staff of the student-produced Express newspaper. 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.

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.

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.