The Associate in Arts degree program with an emphasis in journalism is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in journalism.
This program is also suited for students interested in a two-year terminal degree prior to ground-level entry work on a weekly or small daily newspaper. In addition, the program can help individuals pursuing degrees in secondary education meet journalism endorsement requirements.
Students must have the fundamental computer skills necessary for today's journalist. Individuals who do not have basic computer skills should consider taking courses in Microsoft Office and the Internet.
Journalism students will take a combination of news writing, media studies and graphic arts courses. It is important for today’s journalist not only to have strong reporting and writing skills, but also to have digital photography, graphic arts and broadcast news experience.
All prospective journalists also should take a variety of courses that offer a broad general education. English 101 and 102 will improve one's ability to write clearly and to do documented research accurately. Courses in the social sciences (particularly political science, economics and history), literature and the natural sciences will provide a background for intelligent reporting and interpretation of events.
Working on the blue&gold student newspaper gives students an excellent opportunity to develop and enhance the skills they learn in their news writing, media studies and graphic arts courses.