Program Overview

An Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer (AA-T) from Skyline College is intended for students who are interested in transferring to a California State University (CSU) campus with a major in Journalism, or similar major. The Skyline Journalism Program prepares students to enter the workforce in journalism or transfer to four-year institutions as journalism majors, as well as training students to be media-literate members of the community. Students gain hands-on experience by working for The Skyline View, the student print and online publication. Students in the program also have the opportunity to pursue internships and attend professional conferences.

Students completing an AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or university or a college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a Skyline College counselor for further information on university admissions and transfer requirements. A grade of "C" or better, or "Pass" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis, is required for each course applied to the major. Major course requirements may also be applied to meet general education requirements.

To earn an AA-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 CSU transferable units;
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework;
  3. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A "P" (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Students should consult with their counselor before enrolling in a major course on a Pass/No Pass basis, as some CSUs may have limitations on which major courses can be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

Advising Note: Students planning to transfer to a CSU (California State University) campus MUST complete an Oral Communication (COMM) course (CSU Minimum Admissions Requirement). Oral Communication courses are noted in the following GE areas: CSU GE (Area A1) or IGETC (Area 1C).

Note: Students do not need to complete the Skyline College Associate Degree requirements. For further information, please consult a Skyline College counselor.

Program Requirements

Required Core Course (9 units) Units
JOUR 110 Mass Media and Society 3 units
JOUR 120 Writing and Reporting for the Media 3 units
JOUR 320 Beginning Newspaper Staff 3 units
List A: Select one course from the following (3 units) Units
JOUR 121 Advanced Writing and Reporting for the Media 3 units
OR
JOUR 330 Intermediate Newspaper Staff 3 units
List B: Select two courses from the following (6-7 units) Units
ART 351 Black and White Photography I 3 units
COMM 127 Argumentation and Debate 3 units
ECON 100 Principles of Macro Economics 3 units
OR
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics 3 units
ENGL 165 Composition, Argument and Critical Thinking 3 units
MATH 200 Elementary Probability & Statistics 4 units
PHIL 200 Introduction to Logic 3 units
PLSC 115 Comparative Government 3 units
PLSC 200 National, State and Local Government 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 18 - 19

General Education - certified completion of one of the following:

  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),

OR

  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern

Advising Note: Students planning to transfer to a CSU (California State University) campus MUST complete an Oral Communication (COMM) course (CSU Minimum Admissions Requirement). Oral communication courses are noted in the following GE areas: CSU GE (Area A1) or IGETC (Area 1C).

Up to (3 - 9) major course units may be double counted to apply to meet general education requirements. This degree does not require the Skyline College Associate Degree requirements.

Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.