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Journalism and Contemporary Media

Build your career as a storyteller with an associate degree in Journalism and Contemporary Media from Arapahoe Community College.

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Do you dream of a career telling stories that matter? Our Journalism Associate of Arts Transfer and Journalism and Contemporary Media Associate of Applied Science degree programs develop real-world job skills through integration of each class with our online, student-run news publication, The Arapahoe Pinnacle and cutting edge multimedia equipment. You’ll build your portfolio and industry relationships throughout the program so that you are prepared to start your career or transfer on and continue your education. We have distinguished faculty that have years of industry experience to share with you. We’re ready to help you Move Mountains.

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Admissions
admissions [at] arapahoe.edu
Andrea Mason
Faculty / Coordinator of Journalism and Contemporary Media
English
andrea.mason [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

You will learn to interview, report, request and analyze official documents, write, edit, take pictures, write captions, and put together audio and video stories in a real-world environment. Many of these skills are transferable to other job markets as well.

CIP 240101 (JOU)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (31 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • Any GT-MA1 course (MAT 120: Math for Liberal Arts Preferred)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • Two GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
  • One GT Pathways History course GT-HI1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2 or GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2): one of these courses must have the required laboratory (GT-SC1)
Additional Required Courses (12 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.



Plus choose any one of the following (3 Credits)

Electives (17 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60. (See section on limitations regarding any additional courses taken in the major. Students should consider using their free electives to explore an additional area of focus.)

Guaranteed Transfer
Any course in the following prefixes
  • Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (275) and Independent Study (285): ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, ECO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
Total: 60 credit hours

All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Graduation Requirements

CIP 090401 (JCM)

The AAS in Contemporary Journalism prepares students with a broad range of skills for the changing field of journalism and media as well as for careers in reporting, production, public relations, communication, law, lobbying, marketing, etc. Students will receive training in producing publications both in print and online. Journalism students are required to take a course in book publishing or literary magazine, a course where students produce the annual, award-winning Progenitor. In generating stories for The Arapahoe Pinnacle, students combine traditional journalism skills of reporting and editing with digital skills in using wordpress and Adobe in creating, editing, and producing photo, audio, and video.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • ACCUPLACER sentence skills score of 95+, or equivalent ACT / SAT scores or successful completion of CCR 092/CCR 093/CCR 094 with a grade of 'C' or better to successfully complete JOU courses
  • Department approval is required in order to transfer in journalism class credit from other institutions.

Program Requirements

Total: 60 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses MUST be completed with a grade of "C" or better to graduate.
  • Apply for graduation online at www.arapahoe.edu/graduation.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

ACC academic plans will help guide you through your chosen program. The academic plan will provide you with important information, like which semesters courses are offered, if there are any pre-requisites or co-requisites for courses, program outcomes, course sequence recommendations, notes for the program, graduation requirements and other important information. These are updated annually, so we recommend downloading a copy of yours to keep on track to graduation.

Job Potential in Journalism

Journalism is great preparation for any career involving researching, writing, editing, interviewing, persistence, precision, problem solving, time management, collaboration, creativity, and the technical skills of shooting and editing photo, video, and audio. These are valuable skills in most job fields. After you get your AA or AAS in Journalism and Contemporary Media, you’ll be prepared for a career as a(n):