HEGIS Code - 5008, CIP Code - 09.0401

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: COMA-AA

     This A.A. degree program is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college to pursue careers in journalism, magazine writing, public relations or writing for trade and web publications.

     The curriculum emphasizes a core of journalism courses with a background of liberal arts courses designed for transfer. The student will be trained in the basic principles and practices of journalism and will be given an opportunity to write for and participate in the production of a student news publication.

     The program contains a selection of liberal arts courses - social science, humanities, mathematics and science - to gain a wide range of knowledge useful for writing in the field. It also contains the opportunity for practical journalistic experience, preparing students for eventual employment on newspapers, magazines, websites.

     The journalism curriculum gives students a basic background in the discipline in preparation for selecting journalism as a major at a four-year college or university. Students should check with their academic advisors in the CMA-Journalism program for transfer information, articulation agreements with four-year colleges, and information about employment opportunities in the field.

FIRST SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
  COL101: College Seminar 1
  COM101: Introduction to Human Communication
or COM105: Public Speaking
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
*♦ ENG170: Introduction to Journalism 3
  HIS101: Western Civilization I
or IND101: Civilization: The Human Experience I
  SOC101: Introduction to Sociology 3
  Physical Education 1

SECOND SEMESTER: 16-17 credits Credits
ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
**♦ ENG171: Advanced Newswriting 3
ENG207: Mass Media 3
  HIS102: Western Civilization II
or IND102: Civilization: The Human Experience II
*** Mathematics Elective 3-4
  Physical Education 1

THIRD SEMESTER: 16 credits Credits
†♦ ENG172: Magazine Writing and Publicity 3
ENG174: Contemporary Non-Fiction Journalism 3
**♦ ENG200: Editing and Design 3
  RTV101: Introduction to Broadcasting
or RTV102: Issues in Broadcasting
  Laboratory Science Elective 4

FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 credits Credits
ENG175: Journalism Practicum 3
Humanities Elective 3
  MKT213: Advertising 3
Restricted Social Sciences Elective 3
  Unrestricted Elective 3


* ENG101 is a corequisite of ENG170 and should be taken at the same time.
** ENG171 is offered only in the spring semester.
*** Students may choose any college-level math course they are qualified to take. MAT101, MAT102 or MAT103 are recommended.
ENG172 is offered only in the fall semester.
To be selected from the following courses: ANT101, ANT103, ANT105, ANT203, ANT211, GEO101, GEO102, GEO103, HIS118, HIS119, HIS120 or POL107.
Any humanities course other than English.
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
  NOTES: 1) Students planning to transfer to a SUNY four-year institution should check the SUNY General Education Requirements for selecting courses.
2) See Transfer Agreements for articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities.