Journalism, Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


Are you someone who can’t get enough of the latest headlines? If so, you may want to consider study in journalism. If you are a quick study with a keen curiosity who can gather, absorb, and deliver information in the heat of a looming deadline: that’s what journalism is all about. People with degrees in journalism work in broadcast news writing, copy editing and design, magazine writing, media law and ethics, reporting and more.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Journalism. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

As of July 2014, World Language courses are no longer a degree requirement. In the sequence below, World Language courses are called out as suggested electives. Please talk with your College Advisor to determine the best education plan for you.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 118 General Education Math (or higher Mathematics course) 1 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
ENGLISH 151 News Reporting And Writing 2 3
ENGLISH 150 College Newspaper 2 1
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD) 1 3
Humanities course 1 3
ENGLISH 152 Intro To Mass Communication 2 3
ENGLISH 150 College Newspaper 2 1
Semester 3
Fine Arts & Humanities course 1 3
World Language course 2 4
ENGLISH 276 Feature Writing for Newspapers & Magazines 2 3
Physical Sciences course 1 4
ENGLISH 150 College Newspaper 2 1
Semester 4
Fine Arts course 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Life Sciences course 1 4
World Language course 2 4
ENGLISH 150 College Newspaper 2 1
 Total Hours60

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway Electives

ENGLISH 150College Newspaper (Repeatable course – can be taken up to 4 times)1
ENGLISH 151News Reporting And Writing3
ENGLISH 152Intro To Mass Communication3
ENGLISH 276Feature Writing for Newspapers & Magazines3
World Language courses

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.