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Journalism for Transfer


The goal of the associate in Art in Journalism for transfer program is to provide students with skills and knowledge to either transfer to a CSU to pursue a bachelor's degree or to function as a polished reporter in the news field.
CSU baccalaureate degree program students will be prepared to transfer to upper division Communications and Journalism.
The main competencies they will have upon completion of the degree will be having the skills to cover news events from the invention stage (deciding what to write about) to the actual presentation stage including written copy, art (photos), and video. Specific occupations would include writers and authors, editors, reporters and correspondents, and broadcast news analysts.

Writers and editors produce a wide variety of written materials delivered to an audience in an increasing number of ways. They develop content using any number of multimedia formats for readers, listeners, or viewers. Although many people write as part of their primary job, or on-line chats or blogs, only writers and editors who are paid for their work are included in this occupation.
News analysts, reporters, and correspondents gather information, prepare stories, and make broadcasts that inform us about local, state, national, and international events; present points of view on current issues; and report on the actions of public officials, corporate executives, interest groups, and others who exercise power. The Associate in Arts in Journalism for transfer prepares the student to transfer to a CSU as a junior.

 Additionally, students shall be deemed eligible for transfer into a CSU baccalaureate program when the student meets both the following requirements:

(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Career Technical Education (CTE) and Transfer list would include writers and authors, editors, reporters and correspondents, and broadcast news analysts. 


After completing the Journalism major, a student will be able to:

1. Construct, evaluate, and critique journalistic works, including all media determined as viable for the work.
2. Correctly use elements of associated Press style.
3. Define libel and legitimate sources for journalistic pieces.