The Associate in Arts for Transfer degree in Journalism is designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with a major in Journalism. Journalism is the study of writing, video, radio, multimedia and social media to disseminate news and relevant information to the masses. Courses in journalism provide students with higher-order cognitive skills, including decision-making and critical thinking, verbal skills through interviewing, written skills through use of newswriting techniques, use of tone, multitasking, deadline management and teamwork as members of a news staff. Jobs in the field include: journalist, multimedia producer, editor, writer, technical writer, page designer, copyeditor, social media specialist, content producer, news service writer, newsletter editor, public relations representative and photojournalist. The completion of this degree ensures preparation for upper-division coursework for students seeking to transfer and pursue a baccalaureate degree in Journalism from a California State University (CSU).
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Use judgment to determine best course of action in reporting, as well as newsworthiness to effectively purvey information to the masses.
- Understand the ethical and legal involved in producing multimedia news content.
- Accurately report and write a variety of stories in journalistic style.
- Act as multimedia journalists, producing content across mediums.