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Journalism (AA-T) Communications Studies Total Units: 20.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2016


The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer Degree is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree in Journalism. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

Students will have to fulfill the following requirements to earn this degree.
(1) Complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth requirements; and
(B) A minimum of 20 semester units as required for the Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer Degree.
(2) Obtain an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0
(3) Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer Degree

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, 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, blog platforms, social media, and web software) 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 as a productive member of a college newspaper staff. Demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation, word usage and Associated Press Style to edit stories for print or online publication.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students should refer to the TMC (Transfer Model Curriculum) Template here, transfer model, for a clear guide to the course requirements. Additionally, for students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Journalism (AA-T) program are:

  • Complete 20.5 units from
    • Journalism for Transfer Core Requirements
    • Journalism for Transfer List A Requirements
    • Journalism for Transfer List B Requirements

Journalism for Transfer Core Requirements - complete 11.50 units
JOUR 1Introduction to Journalism3.00
JOUR 1LIntroduction to Journalism Lab0.50
JOUR 52ANews Media Practice 15.00
MEDIA 4Introduction to Mass Communication3.00
Journalism for Transfer List A Requirements - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ART 59Photojournalism3.00
JOUR 2News Gathering and News Writing3.00
JOUR 2LNews Gathering and News Writing Lab0.50
JOUR 52CNews Media Practice 35.00
JOUR 55Multimedia Reporting3.00
Journalism for Transfer List B Requirements - complete 6.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ART 19Elementary Photography3.00
COMM 10Introduction to Communication Studies3.00
ECON 1Principles of Macroeconomics3.00
ECON 2Principles of Microeconomics3.00
ENGL 5Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking3.00
PHIL 3Critical Thinking3.00
PHIL 4Introduction to Symbolic Logic3.00
POLS 1Introduction to United States Government3.00
POLS 2Introduction to Comparative Government3.00
SPCH 3AIntroduction to Argumentation3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2016

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 2017

Previous Versions:

Journalism (AA-T) - effective Fall 2013

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.


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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