Journalism

Transfer Major

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Department of Language & Literature
Penn105 • Phone (215) 968-8150
Curriculum Code No. 1045

The Journalism major prepares students for news reporting, writing, copy editing, and page layout in both print and online journalism. The courses parallel the offerings in the first two years of most four-year journalism programs. The weekly campus newspaper provides practical workshop experience. Students gain computer skills by writing stories in computer labs and by using the Internet and electronic databases to gather information.

The Journalism Program of Study is for students who

  • intend to transfer to four-year colleges in journalism or a communication major;
  • want to gain employment in entry-level news reporting or editing;
  • want to use the most current layout software in publishing or a newspaper position; and
  • desire experience in both print and online journalism.

Journalism Program of Study Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of this program are able to

  • demonstrate the competencies described in the BCCC Core Curriculum;
  • recognize the complexities of media and society studies;
  • practice the skills and knowledge necessary for jobs in print and online journalism, including the fundamentals of news reporting, writing, editing, and page layout; and
  • demonstrate their understanding of journalism ethics, press freedom, the First Amendment, and libel law.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking A,E
3
COMM111
Media and Society
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II G,2
3
ECON111
Principles of Economics - Macro
3
HIST151
U.S. History: Young America 3
3
HIST152
U.S. History: Modern America 3
3
JOUR175
News Reporting and Writing G
3
JOUR275
Newspaper Editing and Page Layout H
3
JOUR276
Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines H
3
JOUR277
Public Affairs Reporting H
3
JOUR278
Webcast News Production H
3
LITR232
American Literature from 1865
3
OR
LITR277
Introduction to Short Fiction
3
POLI120
American State and Local Government
3
College Level Mathematics A,E or Science E 3
Creative Expression B 3
Electives I 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge E,F,4
3
Personal Health D 3
Social Perspectives C 3
Total Credit Hours 60

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COMM111
Media and Society
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,1
3
JOUR175
News Reporting and Writing G
3
POLI120
American State and Local Government
3
HIST151
U.S. History: Young America 3
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II G,2
3
College Level Mathemaitcs A,E or Science E 3
COMM110
Effective Speaking A,E
3
ECON111
Principles of Economics - Macro
3
JOUR276
Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines H
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
LITR232
American Literature from 1865
3
OR
LITR277
Introduction to Short Fiction
3
Electives I 3
Personal Health D 3
JOUR275
Newspaper Editing and Page Layout H
3
JOUR278
Webcast News Production H
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
HIST152
U.S. History: Modern America 3
3
Creative Expression B 3
Social Perspectives C 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge E,F,4
3
JOUR277
Public Affairs Reporting H
3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Choose from COMP115, COMP116.
C Choose from GEOG110, POLI111, PSYC110, SOCI110, WMST110.
D Choose from HLTH103, HLTH110, HLTH120, HLTH130, HLTH200, PSYC100, PSYC120, or PSYC125.
E Requires a prerequisite
F Any INTG course may be chosen.
G Corequisite or prerequisite: COMP107 or COMP110.
H Prerequisite: JOUR175.
I Choose from VAMM100 or JOUR155.


1 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Cultural Perspectives.
4 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.

Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, "Major Requirements Satisfied", on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except three credits in mathematics or science, six credits in U.S. History, three credits in literature, two credits in personal health, three credits in integration of knowledge and fifteen credits of undesignated electives.

Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.