Journalism Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer, also called the Journalism AA-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in Journalism or Communications. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states that students earning the Journalism AA-T Degree will be granted priority for admission as a Journalism or Communications major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. Journalism relates to print, broadcast, visual and multimedia reporting as well as public relations. This degree is designed for students who want to develop skills in communication and reporting for today’s media or working in the public relations field. The Journalism AA-T Degree requires a total of 18-20 units of required courses and restricted electives as listed below.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements:

  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:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  3. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A P (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.
Required Core (9 units):
JOUR 101 FReporting and Writing3
JOUR 110 FMass Media Survey3
or JOUR 110HF Honors Mass Media Survey
JOUR 222 F Introduction to News Media Production3
or JOUR 132 F Introduction to Magazine Production
or JOUR 271 F Introduction to Spanish-Language Reporting
List A - Select 3 units:3
Advanced Reporting and Writing3
Beginning Magazine Production3
Beginning News Media Production
Beginning Spanish-Language Reporting
Public Relations/Publicity3
Multimedia Reporting3
List B - Select 6-8 units:6-8
Essentials of Argumentation4
Principles of Economics-Micro3
Honors Principles of Economics-Micro
Principles of Economics-Macro
Honors Principles of Economics-Macro
Critical Reasoning and Writing4
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing
Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Honors Introductory Probability and Statistics
Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
Honors Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Logic and Critical Thinking3
Critical Thinking/Writing3
Introduction to Photography from Analog to Digital3
American Government3
Honors American Government
Comparative Politics3
Total Units18-20

Outcome 1: Identify the seven elements that determine news value.

Outcome 2: Compose a summary news lead in an article for publication.

Outcome 3: Identify Associated Press style within a news story.

Outcome 4: Compose a well-researched article for publication.