Bakersfield College


Journalism 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.

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.

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.

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:

Course # Name Units
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:

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