May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism Transfer Major AA - Academic Plan


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This degree is designed for students wanting to complete the first 2 years of a bachelor’s degree at ACC and transfer to a university to complete a BA in Journalism or Mass Communication. Students gain reporting and news writing expertise.


Careers often require a BA degree or higher.


The program provides a journalism foundation in the reporting and media principles underlying journalism, along with instruction mass media, photojournalism, and public relations. Career paths for Journalism majors include working as a reporter, editor, public relations specialist, or within a marketing department. A full-time student can complete this Associate of Arts (AA) degree in two years. This degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year university to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism or Mass Communication. To be successful, a student should have strong writing skills, ability to think creatively, and an interest in working with a team.
 

Course Availability


Total Credits = 60

Required Courses - General Education Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
Arts/Humanities GT-AH1-AH4 3 No Yes Yes Yes
Arts/Humanities GT-AH1-AH4 3 No Yes Yes Yes
ENG 1021  - English Composition I: GT-CO1* 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
ENG 1022  - English Composition II: GT-CO2 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
History GT-HI1 3 No Yes Yes Yes
MAT 1240  - Mathematics for the Liberal ARts: GT-MA1* 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Natural/Physical Science GT-SC1 4 No Yes Yes Yes
Natural/Physical Science GT-SC2 3 No Yes Yes Yes
Social/Behavioral Science GT-SS1-SS3 3 No Yes Yes Yes
Social/Behavioral Science GT-SS1-SS3 3 No Yes Yes Yes

 

Required Courses - Additional Required Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
Choose one of the following: JOU 1021 , JOU 2015 , JOU 2031 , JOU 2041   3 No Yes Yes Yes
JOU 1005  - Introduction to Mass Media: GT-SS3* 3 No Yes Yes No
JOU 1006  - Media News and Reporting* 3 No Yes Yes No
JOU 2025  - New Media 3 No Yes Yes Yes

 

Required Courses - Electives Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
Elective 6 No Yes Yes Yes
Elective 5 No Yes Yes Yes
Elective 6 No Yes Yes Yes

 

Program Outcomes


  • Understand, identify, and practice the role and principles of a free press in a democratic society.
  • Use news judgment to select, produce and publish journalistic content.
  • Employ standard reporting and newsgathering techniques to produce a wide variety of journalistic content.
  • Understand, articulate, and practice the journalistic and technical skills required to create and publish journalistic content across multiple media platforms.
     

Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time)


Art/Humanities GT-AH1-AH4


Year 2 - Fall


Year 2 - Spring


Recommended Course Sequence (Part-Time)


Art/Humanities GT-AH1-AH4


Social/Behavioral Science GT-SS1-SS3


Year 2 - Fall


History GT-HI1


Social/Behavioral Science GT-SS1-SS3


Year 2 - Spring


Year 2- Summer


Year 3 - Fall


Natural/Physical Science GT-SC2


Year 3 - Spring


Notes


  • *This course requires college level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of appropriate college-readiness course.
  • Course availability subject to change.
  • Elective note: ENG 2031  - Literary Magazine & ENG 2030  - Creative Nonfiction are not Guaranteed Transfer courses. ENG 2030  Creative Nonfiction also has a pre-requisite of ENG 2021  - Creative Writing I.
  • Elective options: Any Guaranteed Transfer course OR Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (JOU 2075 ) and Independent Study (JOU 2085 ): ANT, ART, BIO (1000 OR above), CHE, ECO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHY (1000 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
  • It is recommended to take ART 1401  - Digital Photography before JOU 1021  - Photojournalism and/or JOU 2025  - New Media.
  • Recommended courses are listed above for certain electives; consult with the Academic Advising Office (advising@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5664).
  • Refer to 2022/2023 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this degree.

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