Communications: Journalism - A.A. Degree

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This associate degree program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college with a major in Journalism and/or Communications. The Journalism major can also serve as a basis for careers in newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, websites, as well as public relations, advertising, and marketing departments and organizations. Students are given the opportunity to contribute to and work on SCCC publications such as the College Hill News.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate with speed and accuracy.
  • Understand how to interpret source’s information and quotes.
  • Know how to use appropriate and trustworthy background information.
  • Write according to style guide dictates.
  • Compose with grammatical and mechanical precision.
  • Distinguish among gossip, hearsay, innuendo, insinuation, and prediction.
  • Adapt communicating styles to suit the particular demands of any medium.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their own plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH900 Math Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
COMM101 Introduction to Mass Communications 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
GMSC000 Math/Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
PHIL000 Philosophy Gen Ed Requirement* 3
HIST001 History Gen Ed Requirement* 3
PHOT220 Photojournalism 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Fall - Second Year
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
POLS101 Introduction to Political Science 3
ARTA104 Art History II 3
ENGL215 Journalism I 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - Second Year
GMSC000 Math/Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
HIST001 History Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement 3
ENGL217 Journalism II 3
Total Semester Credits
15
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
60

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

Philosophy General Education courses (Recommended)

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Philosophy General Education courses in the College catalog.

PHIL110

Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

3

History General Education courses 

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved History General Education courses in the College catalog. Must choose a level I & II sequence.

HIST101

History of Western Civilization I

3

HIST102

History of Western Civilization II

3

 

 

 

Math/Science General Education courses (Recommended)

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Math and Science General Education courses in the College catalog.

MATH104

Contemporary Mathematics

3

MATH105

Technical Mathematics

3

MATH108

Statistics

3

PHYS107

Intro to Meteorology

4

BIOS108

Intro to Environmental Science

4

Social Science General Education courses (Recommended)

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Social Science General Education courses in the College catalog.

POLS105

American Government

3

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college-level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.