Journalism and New Media Studies

Journalism and New Media Studies - AAS

MCCCD Program and Award Information
Effective term: 
2018 Fall
Final term: 
2019 Summer
Total credits required: 
CIP Code: 
Course sequence
Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester: GC, MC, SC

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 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 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.

Award notes

Students considering transfer to the university in a related major can complete their General Education (AGEC-A) coursework with the following 10 additional credits:

An additional course with the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] general education designation 3
An additional course with the Natural Science [SQ/SG] general education designation (Recommend BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II) 4
An additional course with the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] general education designation (Recommend MAT206 Elements of Statistics OR PSY230 Introduction to Statistics) 3

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

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
JRN215News Production3
JRN234Feature Writing (3) OR
ENG235Magazine Article Writing (3)3
JRN236Advanced Practicum: Public Relations (3) OR
JRN240ACJournalism Internship (3)3
MCO120Media and Society3
MCO220Cultural Diversity and the Media3
JRN290Publications Portfolio1
JRN298AASpecial Projects (1) OR
JRN298ABSpecial Projects (2)1-2
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
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
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. (CIS105, BPC110, JRN125, JRN201,JRN203, JRN205, JRN212, JRN215, JRN225, JRN234, JRN236, JRN240AC, JRN290, JRN298AA, JRN298AB)
  • Analyze and adapt to a professional context within the journalism industry in order to work effectively. (JRN201, JRN203, JRN205, JRN212, JRN215, JRN225, JRN236, JRN240AC, JRN290, JRN298AA, JRN298AB, MCO120, MCO220)
  • Describe the contemporary field of journalism, including media, markets and specializations. (JRN201, ENG235, MCO120, MCO220)
  • Demonstrate written and verbal skills to communicate effectively with diverse populations and individuals. (JRN125, JRN201, JRN203, JRN205, JRN212, JRN215, JRN225, JRN234, JRN290)
  • Develop and maintain professional networks and relationships within the field of journalism. (JRN201, JRN205, JRN212, JRN215, JRN236, JRN240AC, JRN298AA, JRN298AB)
  • Apply media law and ethics to journalistic situations. (JRN125, JRN201, JRN203, JRN205, JRN212, JRN215, JRN225, JRN234, JRN240AC, MCO120, MCO220)
  • Evaluate and employ the strengths of self and others to achieve common goals in group settings. (JRN125, JRN201, JRN212, MCO120)
  • Incorporate new and emerging digital technologies ethically and efficiently to meet current trends. (JRN125, JRN201, JRN203, JRN212, JRN225, JRN236, JRN240AC, JRN298AA, JRN298AB)