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AAS - Journalism

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Journalism provides students with general, practical and marketable skills that will enable them to seek entry-level employment in news and feature writing for newspapers, magazines, community journals, online websites and radio and television. The program includes development of a portfolio that will exhibit studentsÂ’ abilities to write both news and feature stories. The development of news judgment is also a critical component of the program. An awareness of global and cultural differences also forms a key element of this degree for the successful graduate. The curriculum combines coursework in journalism with a General Education component.
Major Code: 3120
Award: AAS
First Term: 4142
Total Credits: 62
Program Last Updated in MCCCD Records: Dec 2nd, 2013
Prerequesites: None
Required Courses: 34-36 credits
CIS105 Survey of Computers Information Systems 3
ENG216 Persuasive Writing on Public Issues 3
JRN125 Photo Editing 3
JRN133 Development of Small Publications (3) OR
JRN205 Copyediting (3) 3
JRN201 News Writing 3
JRN203 Writing for Online Media 3
JRN215 News Production 3
JRN225 Photojournalism 3
JRN234 Feature Writing 3
JRN240++ Journalism Internship 1-3
MCO120 Media and Society 3
MCO220 Cultural Diversity and the Media 3
Restricted Electives: 3 credits
ENH110 Introduction to Literature 3
ENH112 Chicano Literature 3
ENH113 Writers/Directors and Current Issues 3
ENH114 African-American Literature 3
ENH206 Nature and Environmental Literature 3
GBS233 Business Communication 3
REL243 World Religions 3
HUM107 Humanities Through the Arts 3
HUM125 The Urban Experience 3
HUM201 Humanities: Universal Themes 3
HUM250 Ideas and Values in the Humanities 3
HUM251 Ideas and Values in the Humanities 3
JRN212 Broadcast Writing 3
JRN236 Advanced Practicum: Public Relations 3
MGT251 Human Relations in Business 3
Free Electives: None
General Education Requirement: 25-27 credits
General Education Core: 15-17 credits
First Year Composition: 6 credits
ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) AND
ENG102 First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG111 Technical and Professional Writing(3) 6
Oral Communication: 3 credits
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110 Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225 Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230 Small Group Communication (3) 3
Critical Reading: 3 credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading (3) OR equivalent as indicated by assessment 3
Mathematics: 3-5 credits
MAT102 Mathematical Concepts Applications (3) OR
MAT120 Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics courses 3-5
General Education Distributed Credits: 10 credits
Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 credits
Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits
Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural Sciences: 4 credits
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
Program Competencies:
  1. Analyze and write persuasive research-based arguments addressing topics of current public interest. (ENG216)
  2. Read negatives and contact prints; use cropping/proportion wheel to size prints. (JRN125)
  3. Layout, edit and publish a small newspaper. (JRN125)
  4. Write and design an in-house publication. (JRN133)
  5. Access news through use of the interview and other tools of journalism. (JRN201)
  6. Write news stories. (JRN215)
  7. Research and write human interest stories for a daily or weekly newspaper. (JRN234)
  8. Complete a practical journalism work experience with a newspaper or other news organization. (JRN240++)
  9. Describe the interrelationship among the mass media: newspapers, magazines, television, motion pictures, radio, recordings, books, advertising and public relations. (MCO120)
  10. Explain the impact of racial and gender roles on the media and the impact of media roles on U.S. race relations and racial change; describe roles, contributions, and challenges of the minority press in the United States. (MCO220)
  11. Use information and resources available on the Internet in writing, and write for publication on the Internet. (JRN203)
  12. Apply digital technology and photojournalism principles/techniques, including camera functions, controls, and Adobe Photoshop software use, to color and black and white photography for print and online use. (JRN225)
  13. Perform microcomputer applications in word processing, spreadsheet, and database; Includes programming and use of the Internet. Explore relevant emerging technologies. (CIS105)
  14. Apply copy editing techniques and Associated Press style to all written elements contained in print or online versions of a newspaper to help achieve greater clarity, succinctness and comprehension. (JRN205)