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Journalism (AA-T) Communications Studies Total Units: 18.5
Term Effective: Fall 2023


See the state issued Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) template for any further clarification regarding program requirements.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Journalism degree is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an ADT are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system. 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 for Transfer in Journalism for Transfer Degree.
(2) Obtain an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0
(3) Earn a grade of “C” or better (or P) in all courses required for the Associate in Arts for Transfer in Journalism Degree

A maximum of 12 units are allowed with a P grade for students earning an Associate Degree. For detailed information, please refer to the SRJC Grading Policy.

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, 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.

Program Requirements:

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

  • Complete 18.5 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 9.50 units
JOUR 1Introduction to Journalism3.00
JOUR 1LIntroduction to Journalism Lab0.50
JOUR 52ANews Media Practice 13.00
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:
JOUR 2News Gathering and News Writing3.00
JOUR 2LNews Gathering and News Writing Lab0.50
JOUR 5Non-Fiction Digital StoryTelling4.00
JOUR 52CNews Media Practice 35.00
JOUR 59Photojournalism3.00
Journalism for Transfer List B Requirements - complete 6.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ART 19Beginning Black and White Photography--Darkroom3.00
COMM 3Introduction to Argumentation3.00
COMM 10Introduction to Communication Theory3.00
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

Term Effective: Fall 2023

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.

Previous Versions:

Journalism (AA-T) - effective Fall 2021
Journalism (AA-T) - effective Fall 2020
Journalism (AA-T) - effective Fall 2018
Journalism (AA-T) - effective Fall 2017
Journalism (AA-T) - effective Fall 2016
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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