Journalism and New Media Studies

Journalism and New Media Studies - AAS

Effective term: 
2015 Fall
Final term: 
Total credits required: 

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.

Program notes

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

++ indicates any suffixed courses.

Students should choose thirty-four (34) to thirty-six (36) credits from the following courses to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the AAS degree in consultation with program advisor.
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems 3
ENG216Persuasive Writing on Public Issues 3
JRN125Photo Editing 3
JRN133Development of Small Publications (3) OR
JRN205Copyediting (3) 3
JRN201News Writing 3
JRN203Writing for Online Media 3
JRN215News Production 3
JRN225Photojournalism 3
JRN234Feature Writing 3
JRN240++Any Journalism Internship course(s) 1-3
MCO120Media and Society 3
MCO220Cultural Diversity and the Media 3
Restricted Electives
ENH110Introduction to Literature 3
ENH112Chicano Literature 3
ENH113Writers/Directors and Current Issues 3
ENH114African-American Literature 3
ENH206Nature and Environmental Literature 3
GBS233Business Communication 3
HUM107Humanities Through the Arts 3
HUM125The Urban Experience 3
HUM201Humanities: Universal Themes 3
HUM250Ideas and Values in the Humanities 3
HUM251Ideas and Values in the Humanities 3
JRN212Broadcast Writing 3
JRN236Advanced Practicum: Public Relations 3
MGT251Human Relations in Business 3
REL100World Religions 3
General Education
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) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (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 assessment 0-3
MathematicsCredits 3-5
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics courses 3-5
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.
  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)