Journalism and New Media Studies - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Journalism and New Media Studies program is designed to provide students with general, practical and marketable skills that will enable them to seek entry-level employment in various media outlets, including: newspapers, magazines, community journals, online websites, radio and television. The program includes development of a portfolio that will exhibit students' abilities to write both news and feature stories. News judgment is also integrated as 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: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.

Students can achieve the AGEC-A and satisfy additional requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University by completing the following courses not already completed as part of the degree:

PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy (3) OR
PHI102 Introduction to Philosophy (3) OR
PHI103 Introduction to Logic (3) OR
PHI105 Introduction to Ethics (3) 3

HIS103 United States History to 1865 (3) OR
HIS108 United States History 1945 to Present (3) OR
HIS203 African-American History to 1865 (3) 3

ECN212 Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN211 Macroeconomic Principles (3) 3

POS110 American National Government (3)

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology (3) OR
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Any approved general education course in the Science Quantitative [SQ] area or the Science General [SG] area 4

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Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3)3
JRN125Photo Editing3
JRN201News Writing3
JRN203Writing for Online Media3
JRN212Broadcast Writing3
JRN234Feature Writing (3) OR
ENG235Magazine Article Writing (3)3
JRN290Publications Portfolio1
MCO120Media and Society3
MCO220Cultural Diversity and the Media3
Any combination of the following courses must be taken for a total of 9 credits: JRN298AA and JRN298AB may be repeated for credit.
JRN215News Production (3)
JRN298AASpecial Projects (1)
JRN298ABSpecial Projects (2)
JRN240ACJournalism Internship (3)9
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy (3) OR
PHI102Introduction to Philosophy (3) OR
PHI103Introduction to Logic (3) OR
PHI105Introduction to Ethics (3) OR
HIS103United States History to 1865 (3) OR
HIS108United States History 1945 to Present (3) OR
HIS203African-American History to 1865 (3)3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
POS110American National Government (3) OR
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3) OR
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Produce stories appropriate to their medium and venue, from conceptualization to publication, including research, confirmation of credible sources, writing, and editing. (BPC110, CIS105, CRE101, JRN125, JRN201, JRN203, JRN205, JRN212, JRN215, JRN225, JRN234, JRN240AC, JRN290, JRN298AA, JRN298AB, [COM], [FYC], [HU], [MA])
  • Analyze and adapt to a professional context within the journalism industry in order to work effectively. (CRE101, JRN201, JRN203, JRN205, JRN212, JRN215, JRN225, JRN240AC, JRN290, JRN298AA, JRN298AB, MCO120, MCO220, [COM], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Describe the contemporary field of journalism, including media, markets and specializations. (ENG235, JRN201, MCO120, MCO220, [COM])
  • Demonstrate written and verbal skills to communicate effectively with diverse populations and individuals. (CRE101, JRN125, JRN201, JRN203, JRN205, JRN212, JRN215, JRN225, JRN234, JRN290, [COM], [FYC], [HU], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Develop and maintain professional networks and relationships within the field of journalism. (JRN201, JRN205, JRN212, JRN215, JRN240AC, JRN298AA, JRN298AB, [COM], [SB])
  • Apply media law and ethics to journalistic situations. (CRE101, JRN125, JRN201, JRN203, JRN205, JRN212, JRN215, JRN225, JRN234, JRN240AC, MCO120, MCO220, [HU], [SB])
  • Evaluate and employ the strengths of self and others to achieve common goals in group settings. (JRN125, JRN201, JRN212, MCO120, [COM], [HU], [SB])
  • Incorporate new and emerging digital technologies ethically and efficiently to meet current trends. (BPC110, CIS105, JRN125, JRN201, JRN203, JRN212, JRN225, JRN240AC, JRN298AA, JRN298AB, [COM], [FYC], [HU])

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.