This degree is designed to facilitate the student’s passage from Riverside City College to the California State University System with an Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer Degree (AA-T in Journalism). This degree will satisfy the lower division requirements for the eventual conferral of the Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at CSU. Careers related to this field include work in news media and related occupations.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an applicable knowledge of the principles of ethical and socially responsible journalism.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the equipment and software used by news media.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in news media and related occupations. 
Required Courses (18-19 units) Units
JOU-7* Mass Communications 3
JOU-1 Introduction to Journalism 3
JOU-20A Newspaper: Beginning 3
Electives A Choose from list A below 3
Electives B Choose from list B below 3
Electives - List A (3 units) Units
JOU-2 Intermediate Reporting/Newswriting 3
JOU/PHO-12 Photojournalism 3
JOU-20B Newspaper: Intermediate 3
Electives - List B (6-7 units) Units
COM-3* Argumentation and Debate 3
ENG-1B*/1BH* Critical Thinking and Writing/Honors 4
ENG-11* Creative Writing 3
PHI-11* Critical Thinking 3
PHO-8+ Introduction to Photography 3
PHO-20+ Introduction to Digital Photography 3

+Students may choose to take PHO-8 or PHO-20 to fulfill the List B requirement, but not both.

 *Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P” if taken as Pass/No Pass).