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.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Degree
- Academic Plan
- Journalism and New Media Studies (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.
|Occupation / Title||Annual Median Wage|
|Broadcast News Analysts||$72,370|
|Writers and Authors||$53,790|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- 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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
|MCO120||Media and Society||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107.||RC||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of "C" or better in ENG091 or ESL097. or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||FYC||3|
|College Mathematics or College Mathematics||Prerequisites: Appropriate math score OR grade of C or better for MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 OR (appropriate diagnostic score or grade of C or better in each of the following courses: MAT055 & MAT056 & MAT057) or grade of C or better in MAT120/121/122. or Prerequisites: Appropriate math placement score, OR grade of B or better for MAT090 or MAT091, or MAT092 OR (appropriate diagnostic score or grade of B or better in each of MAT055, MAT056 & MAT057), or grade of C or better in MAT120 or MAT121 or MAT122.||MAT141 or MAT142 or satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course||RC||3–4|
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||No requisites or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||Oral Comm||3|
|Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems||RC||3|
|JRN201||News Writing||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107.||RC||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor).||OR equivalent as indicated by assessment||Critical Rdg||0–3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.||NS||4|
|Humanities, Arts and Design||Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.||HU||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|JRN215||News Production||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in JRN201 or [(ENG101 or ENG107) and permission of Program Director or Instructor].||RC||3|
|MCO220||Cultural Diversity and the Media||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107.||RC||3|
|Feature Writing or Magazine Article Writing||RC||3|
|JRN212||Broadcast Writing||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101.||RC||3|
|JRN205||Copyediting||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|JRN203||Writing for Online Media||Prerequisites: Placement into ENG101 on a District-approved writing placement test.||RC||3|
|Advanced Practicum: Public Relations or Journalism Internship||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BPC128, JRN133, JRN234, JRN201, JRN215, JRN235, MCO120, and MKT101. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in JRN215.||RC||3|
|SB||Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.||RC||3|
|Special Projects or Special Projects||Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director or Instructor. or Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director or Instructor.||RC||1–2|
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Program Area Key
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
- Mathematics = Mathematics
- NS = Natural Science
- Oral Comm = Oral Communication
- PP = Program Prerequisite
- SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
- RC = Required Courses
- RE = Restricted Electives
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
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 (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=124568).
* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.