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MCCCD Program Detail


Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program. ++ indicates any module/suffixed courses.

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.

Required Courses Credits: 34-36

Students should choose thirty-four (34) to thirty-six (36) credits from the following courses to complete a minimum of 60 credits for the AAS degree in consultation with program advisor.
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
ENG216Persuasive Writing on Public Issues3
JRN125Photo Editing3
JRN133Development of Small Publications (3) OR
JRN205Copyediting (3)3
JRN201News Writing3
JRN203Writing for Online Media3
JRN215News Production3
JRN234Feature Writing3
JRN240++Journalism Internship (any module)1-3
MCO120Media and Society3
MCO220Cultural Diversity and the Media3

Restricted Electives

ENH110Introduction to Literature3
ENH112Chicano Literature3
ENH113Writers/Directors and Current Issues3
ENH114African-American Literature3
ENH206Nature and Environmental Literature3
GBS233Business Communication3
HUM107Humanities Through the Arts3
HUM125The Urban Experience3
HUM201Humanities: Universal Themes3
HUM250Ideas and Values in the Humanities3
HUM251Ideas and Values in the Humanities3
JRN212Broadcast Writing3
JRN236Advanced Practicum: Public Relations3
MGT251Human Relations in Business3
REL100World Religions3

General Education

General Education Requirements Credits: 22-27
First-Year Composition 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) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
Oral Communication Credits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical Reading Credits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
Math Credits: 3-5
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics courses3-5
Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Natural Sciences Credits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Credits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.

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Major: 3120
First Term: 2015 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60
CIPS code: 09.0401
Initiating College: Scottsdale Community College
Program Availability: - MCC SCC
Occupational Area: Art, A/V Technology, and Communication
Instructional Council: Telecommunication/Journalism (44)
GPA: 2.0