AAS Journalism and New Media Studies
Academic Plan Code
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Journalism and New Media Studies program is designed to provide students with general, practical and marketable skills that will enable them to seek entry-level employment in news and feature writing for newspapers, magazines, community journals, online websites and radio and television. The program includes development of a portfolio that will exhibit students' abilities to write both news and feature stories. News judgment is also integrated as a critical component of the program. An awareness of global and cultural differences also forms a key element of this degree for the successful graduate. The curriculum combines coursework in journalism with a General Education component.
Course Sequence by Term
The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway. Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term. It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
- Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites, any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment. Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.
Program Area Key:
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
- Mathematics = Mathematics
- NS = Natural Science
- Oral Comm = Oral Communication
- PP = Program Prerequisite
- SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
- RC = Required Courses
- RE = Restricted Electives
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
|HU||Humanities and Fine Arts||Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area||3|
|SB||Social & Behavioral Sciences||Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area||3|
|RC||CIS105||Survey of Computer Information Systems||3|
|RC||MCO120||Media and Society||ENG101 OR ENG107||3|
|Oral Comm||COM100 or
|Introduction to Human Communication or
Interpersonal Communication or
Public Speaking or
Small Group Communication
|Critical Rdg||CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||OR equivalent as indicated by assessment||3|
|Mathematical Concepts and Applications or
Intermediate Algebra or
Intermediate Algebra or
|OR satisfactory completion of a higher level math course.||3–5|
|RC||JRN201||News Writing||ENG101 OR ENG107 OR equivalent||3|
|NS||Natural Science||Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area||4|
|First-Year Composition or
Technical and Professional Writing
Development of Small Publications
|ENG101 OR permission of Instructor||3|
|RC||MCO220||Cultural Diversity and the Media||ENG101 OR ENG107 or equivalent||3|
|RC||JRN234||Feature Writing||ENG101 OR ENG107 or equivalent||3|
|RC||ENG216||Persuasive Writing on Public Issues||ENG102||3|
|RC||JRN203||Writing for Online Media||Placement into ENG101 on a District-approved writing placement test||3|
Select from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirements.
|RE||ENH110||Introduction to Literature||3|
|RE||ENH113||Writers/Directors and Current Issues||3|
|RE||ENH206||Nature and Environmental Literature||3|
|RE||GBS233||Business Communication||ENG101 or 107 eith a grade of "C" or better or permission of Department or Division||3|
|RE||HUM107||Humanities Through the Arts||3|
|RE||HUM125||The Urban Experience||3|
|RE||HUM201||Humanities: Universal Themes||3|
|RE||HUM250||Ideas and Values in the Humanities||ENG101||3|
|RE||HUM251||Ideas and Values in the Humanities||ENG101||3|
|RE||JRN236||Advanced Practicum: Public Relations||BPC128, JRN133, JRN201, JRN215, JRN234, JRN235, MCO120, MKT101||3|
|RE||MGT251||Human Relations in Business||3|
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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.
View MCCCD's program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Journalism and New Media Studies (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/acres.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=83001).