Program Description

The curriculum prepares students to seek employment with newspapers, magazines, and organizational publications such as house organs, newsletters, and annual reports. Graduates will be prepared to work as news researchers, reporters and writers, feature article writers, editorial and layout specialists. The curriculum features computerized desktop publishing/editing.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate skills in writing news, feature, opinion and sports stories by producing a portfolio showing a range of published stories.
  2. Contribute to production of a weekly newspaper by participating in story assignment, editing, page design and production.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units: 18

Recommended sequence:


Semester I

  • JOUR 002 – Beginning Journalism (3)


Semester II 

  • JOUR 004A – Reporting and Newswriting (3)
  • JOUR 007A – Newswriting and Make-Up (4)

 Semester III

  • JOUR 007B – Newswriting and Make-Up (4) 
    or JOUR 107A – Online Journalism (4)  
    or JOUR 107B – News Leadership (4)

  Semester IV

  • JOUR 007B – Newswriting and Make-Up (4)
    or JOUR 107A – Online Journalism (4)

    or JOUR 107B – News Leadership (4)

Recommended electives:

  • COMM 001 – Survey Of Mass Communication (3)
  • JOUR 005 – Magazine and Small Publications (3)
  • JOUR 009 – Public Relations and Organizational Communication (3)
  • JOUR 021 – Beginning Press Photography (3)
  • JOUR 110 – Journalism Field Practice (3)

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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