Journalism

Associate of Arts Course of Study

Recommended basic skills standards are

Journalists witness and record our lives and history. In the current technological era, learning how to write and then developing an expertise in a cognate area, such as business, science, law, the performing arts, literature, sports, news, and the social or behavioral sciences areas is invaluable to the industry. Journalism has changed in the past decade, and offers a wider range of job opportunities.

Journalism studies at PPCC focus on the study of mass media, reporting, feature writing, publication design, and editing. Students will learn about the multiple facets of mass communication from the internet to the printed page. Students will learn to interview, research and write feature, newspaper and magazine articles, headlines, news releases, and advertisements. Students can also use the courses to update their skills in the digital age of news, Social Media, and web content.

Courses in art and digital photography are also available for PPCC journalism students. In addition, students who have completed core journalism courses and who secure an internship can pursue credit for their experience. 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.

Transfer ability is available throughout the state of Colorado. Internships can also lead to jobs. Currently, there are internship agreements in place with KRDO, The Gazette, The Independent, and the Colorado Springs Business Journal, as well as several magazines. The Journalism Department also hosts classes that run The Paper and Parley.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this course of study can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

OR

 

 

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

(3)

ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3

(3)

or

 

 

HIS 265

Writing About History: 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

Arts and Humanities / Social and Behavioral Sciences

Fifteen (15) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses from two different areas (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)

Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses from two different areas (SS1, SS2, SS3)

One additional GT Pathways course from Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4, SS1, SS2, 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

Theatre Appreciation: AH1

3

GT-AH2

HUM 121

Early Civilization: AH2

3

HUM 122

Medieval to Modern: AH2

3

HUM 123

The Modern World: AH2

3

LIT 115

Introduction to Literature I: 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

History

One guaranteed transfer course from History (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 GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1, SC2), 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

Media News & Reporting

3

JOU 215

Publications Production & Design

3

JOU 225

New Media

3

JOU 231

Introduction to Public Relations

4

JOU 241

Feature & Magazine Writing

3

JOU 280

Internship

2

Total Credit Hours

60

Additional information available on the Journalism Department website at www.ppcc.edu/degrees-certificates/english/degree-options/journalism.