The Scottsdale Community College Journalism and Digital News Production program is the only one of its kind within Maricopa Community Colleges, offering a “fast track” program to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Our program is designed for students who want to be professional journalists, who see the need for bachelor’s degree, and who want to build a strong portfolio of their work as journalists.
Unlike some of our sister colleges in the Maricopa Community Colleges district, Scottsdale does not offer the Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree or a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in journalism as the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication does not recognize this degree or certification.
SCC focuses on transfer, giving our journalism students have an edge when they reach Cronkite due to their vocational, on the job work experience with nevalleynews.org. Northeast Valley News has been credentialed for three of the five major sports franchises in Arizona. The Arizona Coyotes, The Arizona Diamondbacks, and The Phoenix Rising. In addition, nevalleynews.org has been a key media aggregation in several investigative stories.
The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit.
Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Art degree for English students is $6,015. This includes tuition and course fees for English courses. Books and course fees in other classes outside of the English program are not calculated. However, to assist our students, many Journalism courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low-cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs, which can be as much as an additional $1,000 per semester.
8400 Associate of Arts (AA) - Pre-Majors/Transfer