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Journalism and New Media Studies

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.

Details

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Journalism and New Media Studies (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3120
Total Credits Required
62-68
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Produce stories appropriate to their medium and venue, from conceptualization to publication, including research, confirmation of credible sources, writing, and editing.
  2. Analyze and adapt to a professional context within the journalism industry in order to work effectively.
  3. Describe the contemporary field of journalism, including media, markets and specializations.
  4. Demonstrate written and verbal skills to communicate effectively with diverse populations and individuals.
  5. Develop and maintain professional networks and relationships within the field of journalism.
  6. Apply media law and ethics to journalistic situations.
  7. Evaluate and employ the strengths of self and others to achieve common goals in group settings.
  8. Incorporate new and emerging digital technologies ethically and efficiently to meet current trends.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists

$48,780

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MCO120 Media and Society Critical course Gateway course SB 3
JRN125 Photo Editing 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics MA 3–6
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN201 News Writing L 3
JRN205 Copyediting 3
MCO220 Cultural Diversity and the Media C, L 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHI101 or
PHI102 or
PHI103 or
PHI105 or
HIS103 or
HIS108
Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Logic or Introduction to Ethics or United States History to 1865 or United States History 1945 to the Present HU or HU, L or H, HU, SB or H, HU, SB 3
HIS203 African-American History to 1865 3
JRN225 Photojournalism 3
JRN215 News Production L 3
JRN234 or
ENG235
Feature Writing or Magazine Article Writing L 3
SQ or
SG
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General SQ or SG 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN203 Writing for Online Media 3
JRN212 Broadcast Writing 3
Electives Electives 3
JRN240AC Journalism Internship 3
ECN211 or
ECN212 or
POS110 or
PSY101 or
SOC101
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles or American National Government or Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology SB 3
JRN290 Publications Portfolio 1

Program Electives

Any combination of the following courses must be taken for a total of 9 credits: JRN101, JRN215, JRN240AC, JRN298AA and JRN298AB.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN101 Professional Writing Fundamentals 1
JRN215 News Production L 3
JRN240AC Journalism Internship 3
JRN298AA Special Projects 1
JRN298AB Special Projects 2

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MCO120 Media and Society Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN201 News Writing L 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics MA 3–6
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN205 Copyediting 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN125 Photo Editing 3
JRN215 News Production L 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MCO220 Cultural Diversity and the Media C, L 3
JRN225 Photojournalism 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
JRN203 Writing for Online Media 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
JRN234 or
ENG235
Feature Writing or Magazine Article Writing L 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHI101 or
PHI102 or
PHI103 or
PHI105 or
HIS103 or
HIS108 or
HIS203
Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Logic or Introduction to Ethics or United States History to 1865 or United States History 1945 to the Present or African-American History to 1865 HU or HU, L or H, HU, SB or H, HU, SB 3
JRN240AC Journalism Internship 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Electives Electives 3
ECN211 or
ECN212 or
POS110 or
PSY101 or
SOC101
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles or American National Government or Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology SB 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN212 Broadcast Writing 3
JRN290 Publications Portfolio 1
SQ or
SG
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General SQ or SG 4

Program Electives

Any combination of the following courses must be taken for a total of 9 credits: JRN101, JRN215, JRN240AC, JRN298AA and JRN298AB.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN101 Professional Writing Fundamentals 1
JRN215 News Production L 3
JRN240AC Journalism Internship 3
JRN298AA Special Projects 1
JRN298AB Special Projects 2
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Journalism and New Media Studies (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=149889).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site 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.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019