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Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AAT)




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The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer prepares students to practice and champion freedom of the press on their journey to a four-year degree at a California State University. They will learn to gather, interpret, report, edit and present news and information with skill, responsibility, ethics, courage and social consciousness in an evolving media world. Career options for this field of study include reporter, columnist, copy editor, photojournalist, videographer, news designer, editor for the print, broadcast and online news and information media; public information officer; advertising copywriter; public relations professional.


The Journalism AA-T requires 18 units of lower division work in Journalism and supporting electives, in addition to the California State University General Education transfer package of coursework (CSU GE Breadth or IGETC). Major preparation includes courses in Mass Communication, Writing for the Media, Media Production and Photojournalism. Electives supporting the major may be selected from a list of options that includes courses in anthropology, art, economics, English, math, philosophy, political science, sociology and speech (see accompanying requirements listing).


Students completing an AA-T are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. To earn the degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. In addition, students must complete each course used to meet a major requirement with a "C" grade or higher; a "P" (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the degree will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree.


This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system, or those students who do not intend to transfer. Students who plan to transfer to a UC, a private college or university, or an out-of-state institution should consult with an academic counselor about the best lower-division preparation for them. Students who plan to look for an entry-level job in journalism or a related field right after earning their degree from LMC should instead complete the regular A.A. in Journalism.


Students interested in a more traditional degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in journalism should also review the Los Medanos College AA-T in Communication Studies.




Required core courses: 9 units


Mass Communication

3 Units

Writing for the Media

3 Units

Media Production Practicum I

3 Units


List A (courses supporting the core): 3 units


Media Production Practicum II

3 Units


3 Units


List B (electives): 6 units from the following:


Designing with Adobe InDesign

3 Units

Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 011 Principles of Macroeconomics

3 Units

Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking

3 Units

Introduction to Statistics

4 Units

Introduction to American Government: Institutions and Ideals or

3 Units

Introduction to Politics: Institutions and Ideals

3 Units

Argumentation and Debate

3 Units

Introduction to Social Problems or

3 Units

Culture Change and Globalization

3 Units



Total units required for major is 18 Units



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