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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 various media outlets, including: newspapers, magazines, community journals, online websites, 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. 
 

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Journalism and New Media Studies (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3120
Total Credits Required
62-67
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

1. Produce stories appropriate to their medium and venue, from conceptualization to publication, including research, confirmation of credible sources, writing, and editing. 
2. Analyze and adapt to a professional context within the journalism industry in order to work effectively. 
3. Describe the contemporary field of journalism, including media, markets and specializations. 
4. Demonstrate written and verbal skills to communicate effectively with diverse populations and individuals. 
5. Develop and maintain professional networks and relationships within the field of journalism. 
6. Apply media law and ethics to journalistic situations.
7. Evaluate and employ the strengths of self and others to achieve common goals in group settings. 
8. Incorporate new and emerging digital technologies ethically and efficiently to meet current trends. 

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Journalism and New Media Studies program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Broadcast News Analysts

$67,041

Editors

$46,931

Postsecondary Communications Teachers

$56,457

Reporters and Correspondents

$53,472

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15-20
MCO120 Media and Society Critical course Gateway course RC 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–5
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM 3
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems RC 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15-18
JRN125 Photo Editing RC 3
JRN201 News Writing RC 3
JRN205 Copyediting RC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CR 0–3
PHI101 or
PHI102 or
PHI103 or
PHI105 or
HIS103 or
HIS108 or
HIS203
Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Logic or Introduction to Ethics or United States History to 1865 or United States History 1945 to the Present or African-American History to 1865 HIS103 carries the H, HU, SB Values or HIS108 carries the H, HU, SB Values HU or HU, L or HU or H, HU, SB or H, HU, SB 3
MCO220 Cultural Diversity and the Media RC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16
JRN225 Photojournalism RC 3
JRN215 or
(JRN298AA and
JRN298AB)
or
JRN240AC
News Production or (Special Projects) or Journalism Internship RC 3
JRN234 or
ENG235
Feature Writing or Magazine Article Writing RC 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SQ/SG NS 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16-22
JRN203 Writing for Online Media RC 3
JRN212 Broadcast Writing RC 3
JRN215 or
(JRN298AA and
JRN298AB)
or
JRN240AC
News Production or (Special Projects) or Journalism Internship JRN215 carries the L Value.

Complete any combination of JRN215, JRN298AA, JRN298AB, JRN240AC for a total of 6 credits
L 6–12
ECN211 or
ECN212 or
POS110 or
PSY101
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles or American National Government or Introduction to Psychology SB 3
JRN290 Publications Portfolio 1
Students are eligible for the AAS upon the completion of Term 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16
PHI+++ OR HIS+++ PHI+++ OR HIS+++ 3
ECN+++ AND PSY+++ OR SOC+++ AN ECN+++ AND PSY+++ OR SOC+++ AN 6
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4
GBS221 or
MAT206 or
SWU225 or
PSY230
Business Statistics or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government or Introduction to Statistics CS 3
Students are eligible for the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) after completing Term 5

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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.

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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019