Arapahoe Community College

2016-2017 Catalog

Journalism and Contemporary Media AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

CIP 090401 (JWR / JAM / JMU)

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

(22 credit hours)

BUS 115

Intro to Business


COM 115

Public Speaking


ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1)


ENG 122

English Composition II (GT-CO1)


HUM 121

Humanities: Early Civilization (GT-AH2) OR


HUM 122

Humanities: Medieval to Modern (GT-AH2)


HUM 123

Humanities: Modern World (GT-AH2)


MAT 120

Mathematics for Liberal Arts (GT-MA1)


PSY 101

General Psychology I (GT-SS3) OR


SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology (GT-SS3)


Major Courses

(20 credit hours)

CIS 118

Intro to PC Applications


COM 125

Interpersonal Communications OR


COM 225

Organizational Communication


JOU 121



JOU 180



JOU 225

Internet media


JOU 231

Intro to Public Relations


PHI 112



Students MUST choose one of the following Concentrations

Writing and Reporting in Journalism Concentration

Concentration Courses

(18 credit hours)

ENG 231

Literary Magazine


ENG 264

Publishing Your Writing


JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media (GT-SS3)


JOU 106

Fundamentals of Reporting


JOU 206

Intermediate Newswriting and Editing


JOU 241

Feature and Magazine Writing


Advertising and Marketing in Journalism Concentration

Concentration Courses

(18 credit hours)

BUS 120

Introduction to E-Commerce


JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media (GT-SS3)


JOU 111

Principles of Advertising


MAR 216

Principles of Marketing


MAR 217

E-Commerce Marketing


MAR 220

Principles of Advertising


Multimedia in Journalism Concentration

Concentration Courses

(18 credit hours)

ART 139

Digital Photography I


JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media (GT-SS3)


MGD 101

Introduction to Computer Graphics


MGD 102

Introduction to Multimedia


MGD 141

Web Design I


MGD 164

Video Digital Editing I



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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