Journalism Degrees

Journalism Degree options

Degree #1 –State Transfer Degree: Journalism AS-T Transfer

We recommend the Palomar Mapper for the Journalism Transfer degree to help you plan your schedule.

The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer teaches students the methods and techniques for gathering, processing and delivering news. It prepares students for careers in print and multimedia journalism. It includes instruction in news writing and editing, reporting, multimedia story production, and professional standards and ethics.
Careers in this field include book editor, copywriter, film critic, foreign correspondent, freelance writer, online editor, multimedia story producer, journalist, magazine editor, news anchor, newspaper editor, publicist, sportswriter and technical writer.  This major may also lead to many other careers.  For additional possibilities, visit the Career Center.
To obtain the Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer, students must complete the following:

  • Maximum of 60 CSU-transferable units with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. and a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major:
  • a minimum of 18 semester units in the major as determined by the community college district, and:
  • one of the following general education patterns:
    • the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern of 39 units; OR:
    • the Intersegmental General Education Transfer
    • Curriculum (IGETC) pattern of 37 units
Program Requirements
COMM 100Introduction to Mass Communication3   DE
JOUR 101Multimedia Writing and Reporting3   DE
JOUR 105Multimedia News Writing and Production3 DE
List A – Select 1 course
COMM 104Introduction to Public Relations3 DE
JOUR 140 /PHOT 140Photojournalism3 DE
JOUR 205Intermediate Multimedia News Writing and Production3 DE
JOUR 130Online Multimedia Journalism3 DE
List B – Select 2 courses
ECON 101Principles of Economics (Macro)3   DE
ECON 102Principles of Economics (Micro)3   DE
ENG 202Critical Thinking and Composition4
MATH 120Elementary Statistics3   DE
PHIL 200Critical Thinking3   DE
PHOT 100Elementary Film and Darkroom Photography3
SPCH 105Beginning Argumentation and Debate3

Degree #2: A.A. Degree Major or Certificate of Achievement

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Program Requirements Units

  • JOUR 101 Multimedia Writing and Reporting – 3 units
  • JOUR 105 Multimedia News Writing and Production – 3 units
  • JOUR 130 Blogging – 3 units
  • JOUR 205 Intermediate Multimedia News Writing and Production – 3 units
  • JOUR 210 Advanced Multimedia News Production – 3 units
  • COMM 100 Introduction to Mass Communication – 3 units
  • COMM 104 Introduction to Public Relations – 3 units
  • COMM 105 Race, Gender and Media Effects – 3 units
  • Recommended Elective: CE 150 Internship – 2 units
  • Select one of the following courses:
  • JOUR 215 or Newspaper Editing – 3 units
  • JOUR 140 Photojournalism – 3 units


Degree #3 Journalism/Blogging Certificate of Achievement

The Palomar Mapper for Jour/Blogging will help you plan your class schedule.

This certificate is designed for students or working adults who want to sharpen their skills in journalism writing or blogging. The classes teach journalism/blogging principles with an online focus, showing tools that make online reporting, writing and videography more effective. These courses provide the training needed to get students noticed in a competitive journalism and blogging environment

Certificate of Achievement in Online Journalism
JOUR 101Multimedia Writing and Reporting3 DE
JOUR 130Writing for Online Journalism3 DE
DBA 105Multimedia Storytelling2 DE
JOUR 200Mastering Social Media3 DE
BUS 152Social Media for Business3 DE
CE 100Cooperative Education2 DE
Select one of two courses:
JOUR 105 –  Multimedia News Writing and Production
COMM 100 – Introduction to Mass Communication
3 DE
 Total units:19