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Journalism (AA) Communications Studies Total Units: 22
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2019


The Journalism major provides students with both theoretical knowledge of and practical experience in Journalism. Successful students will be capable of initiating careers as skilled, principled journalists or other media professionals. This emphasis offers comprehensive lower division work in the field of Journalism, including at least one semester working on The Oak Leaf student newspaper and website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Develop story ideas, conduct research and interviews, and write news and feature stories, opinion columns and critical reviews on deadline for both print and web publishing;
  2. use various media (i.e. audio, photography, video, html, blog platforms, social media) to create multimedia news and feature stories;
  3. explain the changing role of news media and information dissemination in American society and critically evaluate elements of effective journalism;
  4. exercise news judgment and apply knowledge of journalism ethics and media law to real-life newsroom situations;
  5. work effectively as a productive member of a college newspaper staff; and
  6. demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation, word usage and Associated Press Style to edit stories for print or online publication.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Journalism (AA) program are:

  • Complete 22 units from
    • Journalism
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Journalism - complete 21.00 units
JOUR 1Introduction to Journalism3.00
JOUR 1LIntroduction to Journalism Lab0.50
JOUR 2News Gathering and News Writing3.00
JOUR 2LNews Gathering and News Writing Lab0.50
JOUR 52ANews Media Practice 15.00
JOUR 55Multimedia Reporting3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
COMM 1Introduction to Public Speaking3.00
COMM 3Introduction to Argumentation3.00
CS 74.11Introduction to Digital Media3.00
ENGL 4ABeginning Creative Writing3.00
JOUR 52BNews Media Practice 25.00
JOUR 52CNews Media Practice 35.00
JOUR 54AMagazine Journalism: Writing and Production 13.00
JOUR 54BMagazine Journalism: Writing and Production 23.00
JOUR 59Photojournalism3.00
JOUR 106Editing for News Media1.50
MEDIA 20Introduction to Digital Filmmaking4.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2019

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2020

Previous Versions:

Journalism - effective Fall 2018
Journalism - effective Fall 2016
Journalism - effective Fall 2012
Journalism - effective Spring 2012

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


You may substitute COMM 9 for COMM 3 for this major

COMM 9 Critical Thinking and Argumentation has ENGL 1A as a pre-requisite

JOUR 1 is a prerequisite/corequisite for JOUR 1L. It is recommended to take both courses concurrently. JOUR 2 is a prerequisite for JOUR 2L. It is recommended to take both courses concurrently.

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