Degrees & Certificates
Associate in Arts for Transfer
About the Program
The Journalism and Media Studies (JAMS) program provides students with a broad understanding of the principles, roles, techniques, and effects of media in society. Students use these principles to produce media for student media outlets, including the newspaper, the radio station, the journalistic magazine, the literary magazine, and related multimedia forums. Students who earn a degree or certificate in Mass Communications may enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year school. The program includes two degrees and two certificates, allowing students to select the career or transfer pathway best suited to their educational goals.
About the Degree
The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer is based on the Transfer Model Curriculum for Journalism. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will have guaranteed admission to some California State University (CSU) campuses. The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer provides students with a broad understanding of the principles, roles, techniques, and effects of media in society as well as experience in the application of these principles to the student media. The broad-based focus of the program serves to hone and refine students’ reading, writing, speaking, cultural literacy, and critical thinking skills, enabling them to succeed in an academic environment or in the workplace and providing specific hands-on skills.
- Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer
to the California State University, including both of the following:
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or CA State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT’s) also require that students must earn a "C " (or "P'') or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
The Journalism and Media Studies degree program provides specific hands-on training that will prepare students for immediate job entry, especially involving broadcast technology. Journalism and Media Studies majors often successfully pursue careers in media, such as reporting, public relations, print production, copy editing, broadcasting, videography, and photography.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Journalism, students are able to develop a broad understanding of the principles, roles, techniques, and effects of media in society.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Journalism, students are able to gain experience in production of the student media.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Journalism, students are able to prepare for careers
in media and related fields.
|JAMS 1 Introduction to Mass Communications||3|
|JAMS 11 Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting||3|
|JAMS 21A Express College Newspaper A||3|
|JAMS 3 Introduction to Public Relations||3|
|JAMS 12 Introduction to Photojournalism or||3|
|PHTO 72 Introduction to Photojournalism||3|
|JAMS 21B Express College Newspaper B||3|
|JAMS 23 Multimedia Reporting||3|
|CMST 4 Introduction to Communication Studies||3|
|CMST 46 Argumentation and Debate||3|
|ECON 1 Principles of Microeconomics or||3|
|ECON 2 Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|ENG 7 Critical Thinking and Writing Across Disciplines||3|
|HIST 7 US History Through Reconstruction||3|
|HIST 8 US History Post-Reconstruction||3|
|MATH 40 Statistics and Probability||4|
|PHIL 6 Introduction to Logic or||3|
|PHIL 8 Logic and Argumentation||4|
|POLI 7 Introduction to American Government||4|
|POLI 20 Comparative Government||3|
|SOC 3 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity||3|
|Total Units in the Major||18 - 20|
See the Las Positas College California State University General Education-Breadth or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for a listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program and the optional course(s) taken. Elective units are CSU transferable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.
Updated: July 2022