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College of the Desert’s Journalism program offers an Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer, also called the Journalism AA-T Degree. Students earning this degree are well prepared for career fields in radio and television broadcasting, newspaper and magazine writing and production, motion picture, television and video production. The program is designed to train students how to write, report and think critically. The study of Journalism covers the collection, writing, editing and presentation of news or news articles in the media. It is designed to train graduates to be ethical, objective, and critical writers, with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers working for newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations and publishing outlets in the online community, and any setting that involves the relaying and reporting of information.

The Journalism AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18-19 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. For more information please call (760) 773-2574.

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses: 9 Units
​MC 1​ Intro to Mass Media​ 3​
J 3A News Reporting & Writing 3
J 4A Basic Newspaper and Internet Production 3
List A - Select one course from the following: 3 Units​​ ​ ​
MC 5 Intro to Public Relations 3
​J 4B​ ​Intro to Newspaper and Internet Editing & Design ​3
​or RTV 7​ ​Intro to Radio Production ​3
​or RTV ​10A ​Basic Motion Picture/TV Production ​3
​ ​ ​
List B - Select two courses from the following: 6-7 Units​​ ​ ​​ ​
​ART ​30A Beginning Black & White Photography 3​
​DDP ​10 ​Graphic Design I ​3
​ECON ​1 ​Principles of Macroeconomics ​3
​or ECON ​2 ​Principles of Microeconomics ​3
​PHIL ​10 ​General Logic ​3
​PS ​1 ​Intro to Government ​3
​PS ​2 ​Intro to Comparative Government ​3
​SOC ​3 ​Fundamentals of Statistics ​3
​or MATH ​14 ​Statistical Methods 4
​SOC ​4 ​Sociological Analysis & Critical Thinking ​3
SP 7 Argumentation and Debate 3
Required Subtotal 18-19
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1 37-39
Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)

Recommended CSU GE or IGETC courses:

  • ART 3A, Basic Design and Color (3)
  • ENG 1A, Composition (4)
  • SP 4, Public Speaking (3)

1Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.

2Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.

* Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 59 of the 2015-16 COD Catalog.