Arapahoe Community College

2016-2017 Catalog

Journalism and Contemporary Media AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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 journalism, public relations, communication, law, lobbying, training, marketing, etc. Students will receive training in producing publications in print and online. Students will combine traditional journalism skills in writing and editing with digital skills in page layout and production to produce printed publications as well as websites, e-zines, blogs, and other relevant internet media.

Admission Requirements

  • ACCUPLACER sentence skills score of 95+ or equivalent ACT / SAT scores and / or successful completion of CCR092/093/094 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

General Education Courses

(37 credit hours)

ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1)


ENG 122

English Composition II (GT-CO1)


ENG 231

Literary Magazine OR


ENG 264

Publishing Your Writing


COM 115

Public Speaking AND


COM 217

Group Communication OR


COM 225

Organizational Communication


MAT 120

Mathematics for Liberal Arts (GT-MA1)


PSY 101

General Psychology I (GT-SS3) OR


PSY 102

General Psychology II (GT-SS3) OR


SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology (GT-SS3)


BIO 116

Introduction to Human Disease: (GT-SC1) OR


SCI 105

Science in Society (GT-SC2) OR



Any gtPathways BIO or SCI Course



Any gtPathways HUM or LIT Course


MAR 216

Principles of Marketing


MGD 102

Introduction to Multimedia


MGD 114

Adobe InDesign


Major Courses

(23 credit hours)

JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media (GT- SS3)


JOU 106

Media News and Reporting


JOU 121



JOU 180



JOU 206

Intermediate Newswriting and Editing


JOU 225

New Media


JOU 231

Intro to Public Relations


JOU 241

Feature and Magazine Writing



60 credit hours

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses MUST be completed with a grade of "C" or better to graduate.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • 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.

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