Journalism

Associate of Arts Course of Study

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From the early days of our nation, the Founding Fathers realized the importance of a free press. Through the Civil Rights Movement and our present Information Age, journalism has played a vital role in our nation’s well-being. Journalists witness and record our lives. Journalism also makes a great partner for those pursuing other careers. It is learning how to write and then developing an expertise in a cognate area, such as business, science, law, the performing arts, literature, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Many of our authors, including Ernest Hemingway, Tom Clancy, Erma Bombeck, Edna Buchanan, Dave Barry, Mary Brody, Katherine Anne Porter and Stephen King, began their careers as reporters. Photojournalists, as well as reporters, have served as historians by recording messages and providing images for future generations.

Journalism studies at PPCC focus on the study of mass media, reporting and magazine writing. Students will learn to interview, research and write features, newspaper and magazine articles, headlines, news releases, and advertisements. Courses in digital photography are also available for PPCC journalism students. If interest is sufficient, students can develop their design skills by working on the online school newspaper, The Pikes Peak News. Along with specific journalism courses, journalism students are encouraged to gain a general education background and start a portfolio of their work. After completing the journalism program at PPCC, students transferring to four-year colleges have a variety of career writing and mass communication options to pursue.

Students enrolled in the PPCC journalism program can earn an associate of arts degree. The majority of our journalism courses are guaranteed transfer to any state four-year college or university. We recommend that you consult with your faculty advisor to choose the journalism courses that fit the emphasis you are interested in, i.e. news/editorial, advertising/public relations, multimedia.

Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPCC.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

GT-CO1: ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

and

 

 

 

GT-CO2: ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

 

 

 

OR

 

 

 

 

 

GT-CO2: ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

(3)

and

 

 

 

GT-CO3: ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3

(3)

Oral Communication

Three (3) credit hours

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

or

 

 

 

COM 125

Interpersonal Communication

(3)

or

 

 

 

COM 220

Intercultural Communication: SS3

(3)

Mathematics

Three (3) credit hours minimum (credit hours over three [3] will be applied to the electives category). Full list of requirements.

Suggested Courses

MAT 120

Mathematics for the Liberal Arts: MA1

4

MAT 135

Introduction to Statistics: MA1

3

Art and Humanities / Social and Behavioral Sciences

Eighteen (18) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

Two guaranteed transfer Arts & Humanities courses from two different areas (AH1, AH2, AH3 or AH4)

Two guaranteed transfer Social & Behavioral Sciences courses from two different areas (SS1, SS2, or SS3)

One guaranteed transfer course from History (HI1)

One additional course from Arts & Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4, HI1, SS1, SS2, or SS3)

Suggested Courses

GT-AH1

ART 111

Art History Ancient to Medieval: AH1

3

ART 112

Art History Renaissance to 1900: AH1

3

MUS 120

Music Appreciation: AH1

3

MUS 121

Music History Medieval thru Classical Period: AH1

3

MUS 122

Music History Early Romantic Period to the Present: AH1

3

THE 105

Introduction to Theatre Arts: AH1

3

GT-AH2

HUM 121

Early Civilizations: AH2

3

HUM 122

Medieval to Modern: AH2

3

HUM 123

The Modern World: AH2

3

LIT 115

Introduction to Literature: AH2

3

LIT 201

World Literature to 1600: AH2

3

LIT 202

World Literature after 1600: AH2

3

LIT 221

British Literature to 1770: AH2

3

LIT 222

British Literature Since 1770: AH2

3

GT-AH3

PHI 111

Introduction to Philosophy: AH3

3

PHI 112

Ethics: AH3

3

GT-SS1

ECO 201

Principles of Macroeconomics: SS1

3

ECO 202

Principles of Microeconomics: SS1

3

POS 105

Introduction to Political Science: SS1

3

POS 111

American Government: SS1

3

GT-SS2

GEO 105

World Regional Geography: SS2

3

GT-SS3

JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media: SS3

3

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology I: SS3

3

GT-HI1

HIS 101

Western Civilization: Antiquity-1650: HI1

3

HIS 102

Western Civilization: 1650-Present: HI1

3

HIS 121

U.S. History to Reconstruction: HI1

3

HIS 122

U.S. History since the Civil War: HI1

3

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours. Two (2) guaranteed transfer courses including at least one (1) lab course (SC1, SC2*). Additional credit hours over seven (7) will be applied to the electives category. Full list of requirements.

Electives

Twenty-three (23) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Suggested Courses

ART 138

Film Photography I

3

ART 139

Digital Photography I

3

JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media: SS3

3

JOU 106

Fundamentals of Reporting

3

JOU 215

Publications Production & Design

3

JOU 241

Feature and Magazine Writing

3

JOU 280

Internship

3

Total Credit Hours

60