Journalism, Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)
Students majoring in journalism learn about the American news media in all forms—newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet—as the basis of a liberal arts education. Students also become media “practitioners” as every journalism class offers a unique opportunity to develop publishable work for The Channels, SBCC’s award-winning student newspaper and online service. The Journalism Department is an active part of the School of Media Arts, and we offer all students the opportunity to collaborate with those from the disciplines of film, video production, multimedia, photography and graphic design.
The Associate in Arts degree in Journalism for Transfer will provide the foundational knowledge in Journalism to students who want to earn a Baccalaureate Degree in Journalism at any of the CSU campuses. NOTE: Students are advised to meet with an academic counselor to discuss the best combination of courses to take for the AA-T to meet the requirements of the transfer institution to which they are intending to transfer.
Complete 60 CSU-transferable units, including General Education, major requirements and CSU-transferable electives as follows:
Complete one of the following patterns:
- Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum “IGETC” for CSU (37 semester units)
- California State University General Education Breadth pattern (40 semester units)
Complete 18-23.5 units as outlined below with a “C” or better in each course. Pass/no pass grading is not permitted in a course within a student’s major area of study. The courses completed for the major may also be used to fulfill General Education areas on the IGETC or the CSU GE Breadth.
|Required Core Courses|
|COMM 171||Mass Media And Society 1||3|
|JOUR 101||Reporting/Writing I||3|
|JOUR 121||The Channels: Reporting/Writing||3|
|Select one course from the following:||3-4|
|The Channels: Newswriting and Editing|
or MKT 135
or PHOT 190
|Select two courses from the following:||6-10.5|
Any CSU GE Breadth courses from two different areas within A through D or IGETC Areas 1A through 5C not used above 1
|Studio Art Foundations (2-D)|
|Introduction To Creative Writing|
|Film And Video Production I|
|Graphic Design Basics|
|Introduction to Photography|
The Associate Degree will be awarded upon completion of both department and college requirements. These include:
- Complete all department requirements with a “C” or better or “P” in each course. Candidates for an Associate Degree are required to complete at least 20% of the department requirements through SBCC.
- Complete a general education option (Option 1: SBCC General Education and Institutional and Information Competency; Option 2: IGETC; Option 3: CSU GE Breadth). General Education options allowed for each Associate Degree program vary. Refer to http://www.sbcc.edu/apply/degrees_certificates.php for a list of General Education options for each SBCC Associate Degree program;
- Other graduation requirements as outlined on the Graduation Requirements page.
- Develop and apply news judgment to select, report and produce publishable news projects.
- Practice standard reporting and newsgathering techniques across media platforms.
- Identify and employ the best medium by which to convey journalistic content.
- Develop journalistic content in multiple media forms.
- Identify and employ best practices of professional journalists: commitment to role of the free press in a participatory democracy; sound ethics; accuracy, fairness and context in all content.