Liberal Arts: Journalism Option (A.A.)

Division of Humanities & Bilingual Studies — Curriculum Code: 019J

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

Whether you are interested in newspaper, magazine, book, or electronic publishing, the field of Journalism offers both transfer and career opportunities. At ECC, the Liberal Arts AA: Journalism degree program covers the theory and practice of reporting as well as writing news and features. Students are given the opportunity to report on news, arts, entertainment, and sports. They can also publish their work in the Essex County College Observer and in other College professional publications.

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About this A.A. in Liberal Arts: Journalism Option degree

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in Reading, English, and/or Mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses for your major.

If I major in Liberal Arts: Journalism, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. The Liberal Arts. AA Journalism degree program prepares students to transfer to institutions offering a B.A. degree in Journalism as well as many other Humanities and Liberal Arts B.A. degree programs. Typically, your AA credits will be applied to the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree program. While studying at ECC, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the degree requirements of any bachelor’s program you wish to transfer to upon graduation.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years.  You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate communication, analytical, and critical thinking skills in writing, reporting, researching, interviewing, and presenting news stories appropriate for college-level discourse;
  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge and practical concepts in synthesizing, evaluating, editing, proofreading, and revising;
  • Apply appropriate journalistic styles, news structures, news formats, news values, and elements when producing stories; and
  • Utilize technology, the library, and social media for journalistic reporting and writing of leads, news stories, papers, layouts, and design.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Humanities Division at (973) 877-3285 or the Program Coordinator, Professor Nessie Hill at (973) 877-3027.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)

ENG 101 (3 credits)

ENG 102 (3 credits)

ENG 109 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skillsand Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)

Choose one mathematics course and a lab science sequence or two mathematics courses and one lab science course from the following:

Mathematics: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221 or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)

AND

Lab Science: BIO 101BIO 102, BIO 103BIO 104, BIO 121BIO 122, CHM 101CHM 102, CHM 103CHM 104; GEO 101 – GEO 102, PHY 101PHY 102, PHY 103PHY 104 or PHY 113PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105, ECO 101, ECO 102, POL 101, POL 104, PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219, SOC 101, SOC 108 or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (9 credits)

Choose two of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263 or ENG 264 (two 3-credit courses)

AND

Choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109 or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following history sequences: HST 101HST 102, HST 111HST 112, HST 121HST 122, HST 131HST 132, HST 134HST 135, HST 136HST 137 or HST 161HST 162 (two 3-credit courses)

Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one additional (non-repeated) course from the following: ANT 101, ANT 105, ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200, CIN 103, ENG 205, ENG 215, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 263, ENG 264, HST 121, HST 122, HST 137, MUS 117, PSY 232, REL 105, SOC 108, SOC 205 or SOC 207 (one 3-credit course)

Major Course Requirements

JRN 141 Writing for the Media (3 credits)
JRN 142 News Reporting (Print) (3 credits)
JRN 145 Journalism Internship (1 credit)
JRN 243 Introduction to News Broadcasting (3 credits)
JRN 245 Politics and the Media (3 credits)

Additional Course Requirements

Choose two free electives (two 3-credit courses)

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits Required for Degree: 64

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
JRN 141 Writing for the Media (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Humanistic Perspective art or music requirement (3 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
JRN 142 News Reporting (Print) (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
ENG 109 Effective Speech (3 credits)
JRN 243 Introduction to News Broadcasting (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (3 credits)
Free elective (one 3-credit course)

Fourth Semester
JRN 145 Journalism Internship (1 credit)
JRN 245 Politics and the Media (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (3 credits)
Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity requirement (3 credits)
Free elective (one 3-credit course)

NOTES: 

(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.

(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in Reading, English, and Mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.