Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer

Division: Fine Arts


This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Journalism major to achieve an Associate in Arts Degree in Journalism for Transfer (AA-T in Journalism) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended, completion of this curriculum will also demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Journalism or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center, and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university's requirements.

NOTE: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Journalism is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students with an AA-T in Journalism may pursue careers in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising as well as careers in a variety of mass communication media, including integrated, digital media on the internet and careers in traditional media such as print and broadcasting.

To earn an AA-T in Journalism, students must complete:

  1. a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units of major course requirements with a grade of C or better;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC);
  3. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units of CSU transferable coursework;
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0
Required Core Courses (9 units):
JOUR 101 CReporting and Writing3
JOUR 110 CGlobal Media3
JOUR 225 CStudent Media Practicum I3
List A - Select from the following (3 units):3
Visual Communication (formerly MM 110 C)3
Public Relations3
Student Media Practicum II3
List B - Select from the following in suggested sequence (6-8 units):6-8
Introduction to Photography3
Desktop Publishing I - Mac3
Desktop Publishing I - Windows
Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
Probability and Statistics: Social Sciences (same as SOC 161 C)
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as SOC 161HC)
Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (same as PSY 161 C)
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC)
Argument and Critical Thinking3
Principles of Economics-Macro3
Honors Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics-Micro3
Honors Principles of Economics
Critical Reasoning and Writing4
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing
Symbolic Logic3
United States Government3
Honors United States Government
Comparative Politics3
Total Units18-20