Journalism, A.A.-T

The A.A. -T in Journalism transfer program teaches students the methods and techniques for gathering, processing and delivering news, and prepares students to be professional print and multimedia journalists. Included is instruction in news writing and editing, reporting and multimedia story production, professional standards and ethics, and journalism history and research. Careers in this field include book editor, copywriter, film critic, foreign correspondent, freelance writing, online editor, multimedia story producer, journalist, magazine editor, news anchor, newspaper editor, publicist, sportswriter, Public Relations practitioner, lawyer, and technical writer.

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Begin by exploring MSJC program maps to find a career or transfer opportunities.  Program maps show the recommended sequence of courses that lead to graduation or transfer. The maps were developed by program experts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.    

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  • Are you a part-time student?  Start Fall Semester 1 courses and follow the course sequence.

CSU: General Education Option B 

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
COMM-110 Communications Media Survey 3
MATH-140
Introduction to Statistics
or Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
3
SOCI-101 Principles of Sociology 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
COMM-104 Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument) 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
COMM-119 Public Relations 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
Select One  
SPAN-101
Elementary Spanish I
or Elementary French I
or American Sign Language I
4
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
ART-100 Art Appreciation 3
JOUR-110 Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting 3
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
Select One  
SPAN-102
Elementary Spanish II
or Elementary French II
or American Sign Language II
4
 Units14
Spring Semester 2
COMM-103 Interpersonal Communication 3
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context  
Latinx/Chicanx Literature  
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)  
Ethnic Politics in America  
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
COMM-120 Survey of Communication Studies 3
JOUR-130 Journalism Practicum 3
 Units15
 Total Units61

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. 

UC: General Education Option C

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
HIST-112 U.S. History Since 1865 3
COMM-110 Communications Media Survey 3
MATH-140
Introduction to Statistics
or Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
3
ANTH-145 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (formerly Introduction to Language and Linguistics) 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
COMM-119 Public Relations 3
THA-137 Introduction to World Cinema 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Units15
Fall Semester 2
ART-100 Art Appreciation 3
COMM-104 Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument) 3
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
JOUR-110 Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting 3
 Units13
Spring Semester 2
JOUR-130 Journalism Practicum 3
COMM-108 Intercultural Communication 3
ENVS-100 Humans and Scientific Inquiry 3
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Select One  
SPAN-101
Elementary Spanish I
or Elementary French I
or American Sign Language I
4
 Units16
 Total Units60

NOTE: For students who did not meet the LOTE requirement in high school, they may fulfill Area 6 by demonstrating proficiency by completing ASL-100 American Sign Language IFREN-101 Elementary French I or SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I with a grade C or better. Languages other than English for Native Speakers are also acceptable for meeting this requirement.   

Course Title Credits
Required Core Courses
COMM-110Communications Media Survey3
JOUR-110Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting3
JOUR-130Journalism Practicum3
List A: Select one
Select one of the following:3
Public Relations
List B: Select two
Select two of the following:6
Survey of Communication Studies
Principles of Macroeconomics 1
Honors Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics 1
Honors Principles of Microeconomics
Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument)
Honors Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument)
Critical Thinking and Writing
Honors Critical Thinking and Writing
Introduction to Statistics 2
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 2
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Honors Introduction to American Government and Politics
Comparative Politics and Government
Total Units18
Course Title Credits
Units for Major18
MSJC General Education Option B or C37-39
Possible double counting: 6
Transferable Electives (as need to reach 60 CSU transferable units)

The overall requirements for this Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) can be met by:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).
  • Completion of California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSUGE)  or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Completion of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is acceptable if pass is defined as a grade of C or better. ADTs are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. A student completing an ADT is guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. Students should meet with a counselor to develop a comprehensive educational plan to further understand university and transfer requirements.

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