Associate in Applied Science in Journalism and New Media Studies

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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.

* 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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

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

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 RC 3
JRN125 Photo Editing RC 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6
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
JRN201 News Writing RC 3
JRN205 Copyediting RC 3
MCO220 Cultural Diversity and the Media RC 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 COM or COM or COM 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CR 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 HU or HU, L or HU or H, HU, SB or H, HU, SB 3
JRN225 Photojournalism RC 3
JRN215 News Production RC 3
JRN234 or
ENG235
Feature Writing or Magazine Article Writing RC 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
JRN203 Writing for Online Media RC 3
JRN212 Broadcast Writing RC 3
Electives Electives 3
JRN240AC Journalism Internship 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
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
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

Program Electives

Any combination of the following courses must be taken for a total of 6 credits: JRN215, JRN240AC, JRN298AA and JRN298AB may be repeated for credit. 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN215 News Production L 3
JRN298AA Special Projects 1
JRN298AB Special Projects 2
JRN240AA Journalism Internship 1
JRN240AB Journalism Internship 2
JRN240AC Journalism Internship 3

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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 RC 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 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
JRN201 News Writing RC 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CR 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 RC 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 RC 3
JRN215 News Production 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 RC 3
JRN225 Photojournalism RC 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 COM or COM or COM 3
JRN203 Writing for Online Media RC 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 RC 3
JRN234 or
ENG235
Feature Writing or Magazine Article Writing RC 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 HU or HU, L or HU or H, HU, SB or H, HU, SB 3
JRN240AC Journalism Internship 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
JRN212 Broadcast Writing RC 3
JRN290 Publications Portfolio 1
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4

Program Electives

Any combination of the following courses must be taken for a total of 6 credits: JRN215, JRN240AC, JRN298AA and JRN298AB may be repeated for credit. 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
JRN215 News Production L 3
JRN298AA Special Projects 1
JRN298AB Special Projects 2
JRN240AA Journalism Internship 1
JRN240AB Journalism Internship 2
JRN240AC Journalism Internship 3

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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