AA and AA-T in Journalism

Majors and certificates

SRJC's Journalism Program offers three majors and one certificate
Program Certificate/Degree Total Units
Journalism AA 21 Units
Journalism for Transfer  AA-T 20 Units
Journalism: Digital AS  AS 24 Units
Journalism: Digital Cert Certificate 23 Units
 

 

 

The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Journalism degree (AA-T) is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree.

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  • Develop story ideas, conduct research and interviews, and write news and feature stories, opinion columns and critical reviews on deadline for both print and web publishing.
  • Use various media (i.e. audio, photography, video, blog platforms, social media, and web software) to create multimedia news and feature stories.
  • Explain the changing role of news media and information dissemination in American society and critically evaluate elements of effective journalism.
  • Exercise news judgment and apply knowledge of journalism ethics and media law to real-life newsroom situations.
  • Work as a productive member of a college newspaper staff. Demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation, word usage and Associated Press Style to edit stories for print or online publication.

Below is the list of requirements for the degree.

 
Journalism (AA-T) Communications Studies Total Units: 20.5

 

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

A General Education Pattern
A Major
A Minimum Number of Degree Units
A Minimum Number of Units Taken in Residence
A Minimum Standard of Scholarship

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Journalism (AA-T) program are:

  • Complete 20.5 units from

    • Journalism for Transfer Core Requirements

    • Journalism for Transfer List A Requirements

    • Journalism for Transfer List B Requirements

Journalism for Transfer Core Requirements - complete 11.50 units

Course

Description

Units

JOUR 1 

Introduction to Journalism

3.00

JOUR 1L 

Introduction to Journalism Lab

0.50

JOUR 52A 

Newspaper Practice 1

5.00

MEDIA 4 

Introduction to Mass Communication

3.00

 

Journalism for Transfer List A Requirements - complete 3.00 units

Course

Description

Units

Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:

ART 59 

Photojournalism

3.00

JOUR 2 

News Gathering and News Writing

3.00

JOUR 2L 

News Gathering and News Writing Lab

0.50

JOUR 52C 

Newspaper Practice 3

5.00

JOUR 55 

Multimedia Reporting

3.00

 

Journalism for Transfer List B Requirements - complete 6.00 units

Course

Description

Units

Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:

ART 19 

Elementary Photography

3.00

COMM 10 

Introduction to Communication Studies

3.00

ECON 1 

Principles of Macroeconomics

3.00

ECON 2 

Principles of Microeconomics

3.00

ENGL 5 

Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking

3.00

PHIL 3 

Critical Thinking

3.00

PHIL 4 

Introduction to Symbolic Logic

3.00

POLS 1 

Introduction to United States Government

3.00

POLS 2 

Introduction to Comparative Government

3.00

SPCH 3A 

Introduction to Argumentation

3.00

 

Notes:

JOUR 1 is a prerequisite/corequisite for JOUR 1L. It is recommended to take both courses concurrently. JOUR 2 is a prerequisite for JOUR 2L. It is recommended to take both courses concurrently.

The Associate in Arts in Journalism degree (AA) 

 

The Journalism major provides students with both theoretical knowledge of and practical experience in Journalism. Successful students will be capable of initiating careers as skilled, principled journalists or other media professionals. This emphasis offers comprehensive lower division work in the field of Journalism, including at least one semester working on the student newspaper and website, The Oak Leaf.

 

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop story ideas, conduct research and interviews, and write news and feature stories, opinion columns and critical reviews on deadline for both print and web publishing;
  2. use various media (i.e. audio, photography, video, html, blog platforms, social media) to create multimedia news and feature stories;
  3. explain the changing role of news media and information dissemination in American society and critically evaluate elements of effective journalism;
  4. exercise news judgment and apply knowledge of journalism ethics and media law to real-life newsroom situations;
  5. work effectively as a productive member of a college newspaper staff; and
  6. demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation, word usage and Associated Press Style to edit stories for print or online publication.

     

Journalism (AA) Communications Studies Total Units: 21

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

Description:

The Journalism major provides students with both theoretical knowledge of and practical experience in Journalism. Successful students will be capable of initiating careers as skilled, principled journalists or other media professionals. This emphasis offers comprehensive lower division work in the field of Journalism, including at least one semester working on the student newspaper and website, The Oak Leaf.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Journalism program are:

  • Complete 21 units from
    • Journalism
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement
Journalism - complete 20.00 units
Course Description Units
JOUR 1  Introduction to Journalism 3.00
JOUR 2  News Gathering & News Writing 3.00
JOUR 52A  Newspaper Practice 1 5.00
MEDIA 4  Introduction to Mass Communication 3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ART 59  Photojournalism 3.00
CS 74.11  Introduction to Digital Media 3.00
ENGL 4A  Beginning Creative Writing 3.00
JOUR 52B  Newspaper Practice 2 5.00
JOUR 52C  Newspaper Practice 3 5.00
JOUR 54  Magazine Article Writing 3.00
SPCH 1A  Introduction to Public Speaking 3.00
SPCH 3A  Introduction to Argumentation 3.00
 
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Course Description Units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10  Introduction to Information Literacy 1.00
LIR 30  Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects 1.00

 

Notes:

You may substitute SPCH 9 for SPCH 3A for this major

SPCH 9 Critical Thinking and Argumentation has ENGL 1A as a pre-requisite

MEDIA 4 will be replaced by JOUR 55 as a core requirement in the F2012 version of this major.