Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Journalism and New Media Studies

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Journalism and New Media Studies provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students interested in broadcast, print, and new media journalism transfer and is also designed to provide students with general, practical and marketable skills that will enable them to seek entry-level employment in various media outlets, including: newspapers, magazines, community journals, online websites, radio and television. News judgment is integrated as a critical component of the coursework along with an awareness of global and cultural differences. Students will develop a portfolio of work that will exhibit students` abilities to write both news and feature stories.

Details

Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

Type: Associate Degree

Academic Plan: Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Journalism and New Media Studies (DEG)

Academic Plan Code
8146

Total credits required
61-67

Effective Term: Fall 2022

Colleges Offered At
Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, South Mountain

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.


Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:4-6
FYE101Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success (1) OR
FYE103 Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success (3)
1-3
JRN201News Writing3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:9-32
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits.
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University: Journalism and Mass Communication, Bachelor of Arts
HIS103United States History to 1865 (3) OR
HIS108United States History 1945 to the Present (3) OR
HIS203African-American History to 1865 (3)3
POS110American National Government3
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3) OR
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3)3
Select a course for three (3) credits that transfers to ASU with one of the following prefixes: ASB, ASM, ACC, COM, ECN, ENG, FAS, FIN, GCU, GPH, HST, JUS, LES, MGT, MKT, REA, REL, POS, SOC, THE, THP, WST.
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 2: Northern Arizona University: Journalism, Bachelor of Science
COM100Introduction to Human Communication3
JRN101Grammar and Style for Journalists1
JRN105Introduction to Journalism3
JRN205Copyediting3
JRN210News and Media Production3
JRN212Writing for Broadcasts (3) OR
JRN213Writing for Online (3)3
JRN216Current Topics in Media Practice1
JRN225Photojournalism3
JRN226Introduction to Multimedia Journalism3
JRN232Community Reporting3
JRN240ACJournalism Internship (3) OR
JRN290Publications Portfolio (1) OR
JRN298AASpecial Projects (1) OR
JRN298ABSpecial Projects (2) OR
JRN298ACSpecial Projects (3)1-3
MCO220Cultural Diversity and the Media3
Transfer Plan 3: University of Arizona: Journalism, Bachelor of Arts
JRN105Introduction to Journalism3
JRN208Media Law3
JRN125Photo Editing (3) OR
JRN225Photojournalism (3)3
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Students interested in pursuing UA’s Broadcast Journalism Specialization may also elect to take:
JRN212Writing for Broadcasts0-3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 26-41
A single course with an [HU], [SB], [L], or [SG/SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0
Met by JRN201 in the Required Courses Area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Required by ASU, Journalism and Mass Communication, BA:
GBS221Business Statistics (3) OR
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
Required by NAU, Journalism, BS; University of Arizona: Journalism, BA:
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Required by ASU, Journalism and Mass Communication, BA:
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy (3) OR
PHI102Introduction to Philosophy (3) OR
PHI103Introduction to Logic (3) OR
PHI105Introduction to Ethics (3)3
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.3
Required by NAU, Journalism, Bachelor of Science; UofA, Journalism, Bachelor of Arts:
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0-6
Required by ASU, Journalism and Mass Communication, BA:
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3)3
MCO120Media and Society3
NAU, Journalism, BS:
MCO120Media and Society3
Met by COM100 in Restricted Electives.
University of Arizona: Journalism, Bachelor of Arts
MCO120Media and Society3
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.3
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
Any approved general education course with the Cultural Diversity in the U.S. [C] designation.0-3
Met by HIS203 in the Restricted Electives Area for students selecting ASU, Journalism and Mass Communication, BA.
Recommend MCO220.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.0-3
Met by HIS103 OR HIS108 OR HIS203 in the Restricted Electives Area for students selecting ASU, Journalism and Mass Communication, BA.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 1-7
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
Required by ASU, Journalism and Mass Communication, Bachelor of Science; UofA, Journalism, Bachelor of Arts:
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Required by NAU Journalism BS:
COM225Public Speaking3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete the minimum total program credits required for this degree. Students intending to transfer to Northern Arizona University may transfer up to 75 credits from Transfer Plan 2 and AGEC requirements.

Competencies

  • Produce stories appropriate to their medium and venue, from conceptualization to publication, including research, confirmation of credible sources, writing, and editing. (JRN201, JRN100, JRN101, JRN125, JRN205, JRN208, JRN210, JRN212, JRN213, JRN216, JRN225, JRN226, JRN232, COM100, COM225, GBS221, MAT206, PHI101, PHI102, PHI103, PHI105, PSY230, SWU225, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [MA])
  • Analyze and adapt to a professional context within the journalism industry in order to work effectively. (JRN100, JRN101, JRN205, JRN208, JRN210, JRN212, JRN213, JRN225, JRN226, JRN232, COM100, COM225, GBS221, MAT206, MCO120, PSY230, SWU225, (COM), (CRE), [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Describe the contemporary field of journalism, including media, markets and specializations. (JRN201, JRN201, JRN208, MCO120, COM100, COM225, (COM))
  • Demonstrate written and verbal skills to communicate effectively with diverse populations and individuals. (JRN201, HIS103, HIS108, HIS203, JRN101, JRN205, JRN210, JRN212, JRN213, JRN216, JRN225, JRN226, JRN232, COM100, COM225, ECN211, ECN212, MCO120, PHI101, PHI102, PHI103, PHI105, POS110, PSY101, SOC101, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Develop and maintain professional networks and relationships within the field of journalism. (JRN201, JRN205, JRN208, JRN210, JRN212, JRN213, JRN216, JRN226, JRN232, COM100, COM110, ECN211, ECN212, MCO120,POS110, PSY101, SOC101, (COM), [SB])
  • Apply media law and ethics to journalistic situations. (JRN201, HIS103, HIS108, HIS203, JRN100, JRN101, JRN125, JRN201, JRN205, JRN210, JRN212, JRN213, JRN216, JRN225, JRN226, JRN232, ECN211, ECN212, MCO120, PHI101, PHI102, PHI103, PHI105,POS110, PSY101, SOC101, (CRE), [HU], [SB])
  • Evaluate and employ the strengths of self and others to achieve common goals in group settings. (JRN201, JRN125, JRN205, JRN210, JRN212, JRN213, JRN216, JRN226, JRN232, COM100, COM225, ECN211, ECN212, MCO120, PHI101, PHI102, PHI103, PHI105, POS110, PSY101, SOC101, (COM), [HU], [SB])
  • Incorporate new and emerging digital technologies ethically and efficiently to meet current trends. (JRN201, JRN100, JRN101, JRN125, JRN208, JRN212, JRN213, JRN216, JRN226, JRN232, JRN225, COM100, COM225, PHI101, PHI102, PHI103, PHI105, (COM), [FYC], [HU])
  • Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field. (FYE101, FYE103)

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