Refer to the following suggested curriculum and the graduation requirements as a guide for completing this program

Associate in Arts Degree (0001) - Journalism Pre-Major

Students who plan to earn an Associate in Arts degree and then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Journalism should follow the steps listed below. It is strongly recommended that you confer with a SWIC counselor prior to enrolling each semester and familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Arts degree listed in the printed or online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.

As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:

  • MCOM 201-Introduction to Mass Communication
  • JOUR 101-Introduction to Journalism
  • JOUR 110-Introduction to News Editing

The optional courses listed below may be applicable toward a baccalaureate Journalism major. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC counselor regarding their applicability.

  • JOUR 150-Intro to Newspaper Publication
  • ART 116 Photography I
  • POLS 150 Intro to American Government

Fulfill all other Associate in Arts degree requirements listed in the printed or online College Catalog.

Apply for graduation by the date published in the college calendar.

Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.

Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites.