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Journalism Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an associate degree for transfer, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    a. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth Requirements.
    b. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

    Associate Degrees for Transfer also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

    This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. At the time of catalog publication, a student may earn an AA-T in Journalism. Additional majors are being developed. Please see a counselor or visit for more information.
Student Learning Outcome:
Demonstrate proficiency in the core skills and knowledge required for journalism.

Program Requirements:
Units Required: 18

Mass Media and Society | 3
Writing for Journalism and New Media | 3
News Media Production | 3

Plus three units from the following:

Intermediate News Reporting/Writing | 3
Photojournalism and News Photography | 3

Plus six units from the following:

Process of Communication | 3
Process of Communication - Honors | 3
Strategies of Argumentation | 3
Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking | 3
Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking Honors | 3
Introductory Statistics | 4
Introductory Statistics Honors | 4
Statistics for the Social Sciences | 3
Photography | 3
Introduction to American Government and Politics | 3
Introduction to American Government and Politics Honors | 3

 New Media Journalism student working on film/video editing project.

New Media Journalism student working on film/video editing project.