Bakersfield College



Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree is intended for those transfer-directed students who plan to complete an AA in Journalism because it guarantees admission to the CSU system (but not to a particular campus or major). In order to earn the Associate of Arts in Journalism for Transfer, students must complete 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework which includes CSU General Education or IGETC requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the Associate of Arts in Journalism for Transfer will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a 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. This degree eliminates the additional Bakersfield College graduation requirements.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate the ability - through learned skills, critical thinking and organization - to preform the function of reporter, photographer or editor on a print and online publication.
  • demonstrate how to conduct the process of reporting.
  • demonstrate how to conduct the process of photojournalism and multimedia.
  • discuss various forms of media and how they relate to society through historical and current knowledge of mass communication.
  • demonstrate an understanding of journalism ethics and standards.

Total Units: 18-20

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
JRNL B1 Media and Society 3.0
JRNL B2 Beginning Reporting 3.0
JRNL B27A Newspaper Production for Reporters 3.0
List A - Select 3 units from the following:
JRNL B15 Press Photography 3.0
JRNL B16 Multimedia Reporting 3.0
JRNL B26 Newspaper/Online Production II 4.0
List B - Select 6 units from the following:
ART B17 Black and White Photography 3.0
COMM B5 Rhetoric and Argumentation 3.0
ECON B1 Principles of Economics-Micro 3.0
ECON B2 Principles of Economics-Macro 3.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
POLS B1 American Government: National, State and Local 3.0
POLS B2 Comparative Government 3.0


Units in Major 18-20
CSU GE Breadth 37-39
Possible double counting of GE's 6-9
Degree Total 60
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