Program Description

The Journalism AA‐T curriculum prepares students to seek employment with print and online newspapers, magazines, and digital publications. Graduates will be prepared to work as reporters, writers, news researchers, feature article writers, and editorial and design specialist.  The curriculum features experience with computerized desktop publishing/editing and online publishing software.   

This area of emphasis is intended to align students with preparation for transfer into the CSU system in the Journalism major sequence.  It includes theory of mass communications, introduction to news writing, and practical experience reporting, writing and producing a weekly newspaper and its online edition.  

The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)

Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements 


  • COMM 001 – Survey of Mass Communication (3)
  • JOUR 002 – Beginning Journalism (3)
  • JOUR 007A – Newswriting and Make-Up (4)


  • JOUR 004A – Reporting and Newswriting (3)
  • JOUR 007B – Newswriting and Make-Up (4) 
  • JOUR 009 – Public Relations and Organizational Communication (3)
  • JOUR 023 – Photojournalism (3)


  • ECON 001A – Principles of Economics (3)
    or ECON 001B – Principles of Economics (3)
  • ENGL 001C ‐ Intermediate Composition: Critical Thinking and Argument (4)
  • PHOT 021 – Elementary Photography (3)
  • POLS 001 – Introduction to American Government (3)
    POLS 002 – Comparative Government (3)
  • PHIL 025 – Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)
  • PHIL 030 – Logic (3)
    or PHIL 033 – Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3)
  • SPCH 006 – Argumentation and Debate (3)
  • SPCH 013 – Introduction to Speech Communication (3)
  • STAT 050 – Elementary Statistics (4)
    or STAT 018 – Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences (4)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Cooperate with editors and other staff members in a news room environment to produce and publish a weekly campus newspaper.
  2. Produce a portfolio showing a range of published stories demonstrating skills in writing news, feature, opinion, and sports stories.
  3. Direct staff members and organize page content to produce a weekly newspaper. Students will also act as publication editors and design the pages.

Units Required

  • Required Subtotal: 19
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39-41
  • Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
  • Degree Total: 60 


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