Associate in Applied Science in Journalism

Journalism

Degree Information

Academic Plan Code

3120

Credits

62–66

Career Pathway

Associated Programs

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Journalism provides 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. The development of news judgment is also 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.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

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

Term 1

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
15
FYC ENG101 First-Year Composition 3
HUM Humanities and Fine Arts Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area 3
RC CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems 3
RC JRN125 Photo Editing 3

Term 2

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
18–20
RC MCO120 Media and Society 3
Oral Comm COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or
Interpersonal Communication or
Public Speaking or
Small Group Communication
3
Critical Rdg CRE101 College Critical Reading 3
Mathematics MAT102 or
MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122
Mathematical Concepts/Applications or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra
3–5
RC JRN225 Photojournalism 3
RC JRN201 News Writing 3

Term 3

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
16
NS Natural Science Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area 4
FYC ENG102 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or
Technical and Professional Writing
3
RC JRN215 News Production 3
RC JRN205 or
JRN133
Copyediting or
Development of Small Publications
3
RC MCO220 Cultural Diversity and the Media 3

Term 4

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
9
RC JRN234 Feature Writing 3
RC ENG216 Persuasive Writing on Public Issues 3
RC JRN203 Writing for Online Media 3

Term 5

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
4–6
RC JRN240++ JRN240++ 1–3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Program Electives

Select from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirements.

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
RE ENH110 Introduction to Literature 3
RE ENH112 Chicano Literature 3
RE ENH113 Writers/Directors and Current Issues 3
RE ENH114 African-American Literature 3
RE ENH206 Nature and Environmental Literature 3
RE GBS233 Business Communication 3
RE HUM107 Humanities Through the Arts 3
RE HUM125 The Urban Experience 3
RE HUM201 Humanities: Universal Themes 3
RE HUM250 Ideas and Values in the Humanities 3
RE HUM251 Ideas and Values in the Humanities 3
RE JRN212 Broadcast Writing 3
RE JRN236 Advanced Practicum: Public Relations 3
RE MGT251 Human Relations in Business 3
RE REL100 World Religions 3

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Disclaimer

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD's program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Journalism (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=69086).