Communication Arts Transfer Program A.A., Journalism Option

Program Description

This program is designed to provide the first two years of course work necessary for a baccalaureate degree in communication fields. It emphasizes a strong liberal arts background and an introduction to a variety of print and digital media. Students are offered options in Journalism, Media Studies and Film and Television Production. The program offers strong media production opportunities, including a fully equipped television studio, a student newspaper, graphic design laboratories and multimedia projects that combine these areas. Completion of the program leads to the Associate in Arts degree.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Write competently in styles appropriate to a variety of media;
  2. Explain the function of media to influence, inform and entertain;
  3. Apply ethical reasoning to media-related situations;
  4. Create and edit basic digital film projects;
  5. Work individually and as part of a production team;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of how corporate media systems work;
  7. Analyze the impact of media on our everyday lives.

Upon completing the JOURNALISM option, graduates will be able to:

  1. Write information for publication in a variety of styles;
  2. Produce information for a variety of media;
  3. Report skillfully and in depth.
 Requirements (60-68 Credits)
 College Core Requirements (30-35 Credits)
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
 MAT 136 Intermediate Algebra 4 credits OR higher level MAT 3-4 credits
 CSC ELE  Computer Elective 3-4 credits
 HUM ELE  Humanities Elective 3-4 credits *
 SOC ELE  Social Science Elective 3-4 credits *
 SCI ELE Science Elective 3-4 credits  (with or without lab)*
 2x LAS ELE Liberal Arts Elective   3 credits  (6 credits)*
 Note:

* One of these courses must be an IDS ELE  Interdisciplinary Elective  course.

** 200-level Communication Arts Writing courses include COM 211, COM 215, COM 217 COM 218 , COM 274.

*** COM 172 Interpersonal Communication, COM 202 Intercultural Communication and COM 209 Gender and Communication can be used as liberal arts electives, but cannot be used as Communication Arts electives.

 Additional Requirements For Each Option
 Option 2: Journalism (15 Credits)
 COM 221 Digital Journalism 3 credits
 COM 215 Media Writing 3 credits
 2x COM ELE Communications Arts Elective (200 level) 3 credits (6 credits) ***
 COM ELE Communications Arts Writing Course (200 level) 3 credits **
 Recommended Sequence of Study
 Semester 1
 ENG 101 Composition 3 credits
 COM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 credits
 COM 140 Film and Television Production I 3 credits
 COM 173 Public Speaking 3 credits
 LAS ELE Liberal Arts Elective   3 credits *
 Semester 2
 ENG 102 Literature and Composition 3 credits
 COM 121 Journalism 3 credits
 MAT 136 Intermediate Algebra 4 credits (Or higher level MAT 3-4 credits)
 COM ELE Communication Arts Elective (100 level) 3 credits
 LAS ELE Liberal Arts Elective   3 credits *
 Semester 3
 CSC ELE  Computer Elective 3-4 credits
 SCI ELE Science Elective 3-4 credits  (with or without lab)*
 COM ELE Communications Arts Writing Course (200 level) 3 credits
COM ELE Communications Arts Elective (200 level)   OR COM 295 Internship I  3 credits
 COM ELE Communications Arts Elective (200 level) 3 credits
 Semester 4
 COM 221 Digital Journalism 3 credits
 COM 215 Media Writing 3 credits
 HUM ELE  Humanities Elective 3-4 credits *
 COM ELE Communications Arts Writing Course (200 level) 3 credits
 SOC ELE  Social Science Elective 3-4 credits *