Associate in Applied Science in Journalism and New Media Studies

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MCO120 Media and Society Critical course Gateway course SB 3
JRN125 Photo Editing 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course MA 3–6
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN201 News Writing L 3
JRN205 Copyediting 3
MCO220 Cultural Diversity and the Media C, L 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HIS103 or
HIS108 or
HIS203 or
PHI101 or
PHI103 or
PHI105
United States History to 1865 or United States History 1945 to the Present or African-American History to 1865 or Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Logic or Introduction to Ethics H, HU, SB or C, H, HU, SB or HU or HU, L 3
JRN225 Photojournalism 3
JRN215 News and Media Production L 3
ENG235 or
JRN212 or
JRN234
Magazine Article Writing or Writing for Broadcasts or Feature Writing L 3
SQ or
SG
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General SQ or SG 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN203 Writing for Online Media 3
ECN211 or
ECN212 or
POS110 or
PSY101 or
SOC101
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles or American National Government or Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology SB 3
Electives Electives 3
Electives Electives 3
General Elective General Elective Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor. 0–2

Program Electives

Any combination of the following courses must be taken for a total of ​6​ credits: JRN101,​ JRN240AC, ​JRN290, ​JRN298AA, ​JRN298AB, and JRN298AC.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN101 Professional Writing Fundamentals 1
JRN240AC Journalism Internship 3
JRN290 Publications Portfolio 1
JRN298AA Special Projects 1
JRN298AB Special Projects 2
JRN298AC Special Projects 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MCO120 Media and Society Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN201 News Writing L 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course MA 3–6
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN205 Copyediting 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN125 Photo Editing 3
JRN215 News and Media Production L 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MCO220 Cultural Diversity and the Media C, L 3
JRN225 Photojournalism 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
JRN203 Writing for Online Media 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
ENG235 or
JRN212 or
JRN234
Magazine Article Writing or Writing for Broadcasts or Feature Writing L 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HIS103 or
HIS108 or
HIS203 or
PHI101 or
PHI103 or
PHI105
United States History to 1865 or United States History 1945 to the Present or African-American History to 1865 or Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Logic or Introduction to Ethics H, HU, SB or C, H, HU, SB or HU or HU, L 3
Electives Electives 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Electives Electives 3
ECN211 or
ECN212 or
POS110 or
PSY101 or
SOC101
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles or American National Government or Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology SB 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or
SG
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General SQ or SG 4
General Elective General Elective Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor. 0–2

Program Electives

Any combination of the following courses must be taken for a total of ​6​ credits: JRN101,​ JRN240AC, ​JRN290, ​JRN298AA, ​JRN298AB, and JRN298AC.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN101 Professional Writing Fundamentals 1
JRN240AC Journalism Internship 3
JRN290 Publications Portfolio 1
JRN298AA Special Projects 1
JRN298AB Special Projects 2
JRN298AC Special Projects 3

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.