Journalism

This area of study emphasizes the development of professional-level writing and reporting skills and provides students with a broadly-based program of liberal arts courses necessary for a career in journalism, radio-television news, public relations, and business reporting. This suggested area of study is designed for students planning to transfer to a senior college or university. Because requirements at four-year institutions vary, students planning to transfer should seek information about the particular program they plan to enter.

Degree

Associate in Arts (Transfer Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II   3
COMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY  3
GEOG 113 WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY  3
POLSC 115
or
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT 
or
3
POLSC 119 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT  3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
MATHEMATICS * 3
LIFE SCIENCE/PHYSICAL SCIENCE * 7
HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS * 9

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
JOURN 122 BEGINNING REPORTING  3
JOURN 123 BASIC NEWS EDITING   3
MCOMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO MASS MEDIA  3
MM 140 MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION I  3
ELECTIVES ** 11 to 14

* See specific requirements for Associate in Arts Degree.
** Recommended electives: BUS 125; COMM 115; ECON 110; ENGL 113; ENGL 117; ENGL 210; GRDSN 130; MCOMM 113, 140, 214, 215, 230. Work with your advisor to develop a plan of study to meet your academic and professional goals.

Typing skills are a necessity in the field of Journalism. It is recommended that students with insufficient typing skills take TYPE 120 in addition to program courses.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; COMM 110; Mathematics; JOURN 122; Social Science
Spring Semester 1ENGL 111; JOURN 123; MCOMM 110; POLSC 115 or POLSC 119; Elective
Fall Semester 2Fine Arts; Life Science or Physical Science; Humanities; MM 140; Elective
Spring Semester 2GEOG 113; Humanities/Fine Arts; Life Science or Physical Science; Elective; Elective

Program Contact Information

English, Humanities, and Language Studies Department 
Room 314C
(309) 694-5342

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training