Journalism for Transfer

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer (AA-T) can provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary for transfer to a California State University (CSU). The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer (AA-T) offers students the opportunity to take courses in media theories, news writing and reporting, AP style, and media writing. The degree is designed to provide a seamless transfer pathway for students interested in pursuing a journalism degree in the California State University (CSU) system.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, students will be guaranteed admission to the CSU system with junior status and will not have to repeat lower division coursework. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop their educational plans as degree options and general education requirements vary for each university.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for students who have earned Bachelors’ degrees in Journalism include but are not limited to: news reporter, news editor, broadcast news writer, broadcast news producer, on-line news editor, on-line news producer, podcast creator, photojournalism, videographer, documentary-maker, advertising copy writer, and public relations representative. Some careers may require additional training.

It is strongly suggested that students meet with a counselor to determine the most appropriate course choices.


Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

The Associate Degree for Transfer student completion requirements (as stated in SB1440 law):

(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:

(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.

(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major of area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

Required Program:

  • JOUR 300 Newswriting and Reporting 3
  • 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

A minimum of 3 units from the following:

  • JOUR 360 Photojournalism (3)

 or PHOTO 350 Photojournalism (3)

  • JOUR 364 Multimedia Capture I (3)

 or PHOTO 380 Multimedia Capture I (3)

  • JOUR 411 College Media Production II (3)

A minimum of 6 units from the following:

COMM 311 Argumentation and Debate (3)
ECON 302 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
 or ECON 304 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (3)
PHIL 325 Symbolic Logic (3)
PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography (3)
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States (3)
POLS 302 Introduction to Government: Foreign (3)
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
 or STAT 480 Introduction to Probability and Statistics – Honors (4)

Required units:  18



(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.


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 and feature writing in print, broadcast, and on-line media.
  • evaluate his or her own 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 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, theory, and effect of modern mass media in society.