Professional Studies AS – Journalism Option

Code: AS.PS.JOUR

The Journalism program includes courses in introductory journalism, media writing, copy editing and print journalism production, the last of which helps produce The Torch, the student newspaper of Bergen Community College.  In addition to teaching students the skills needed to report, write and edit news for print media, broadcast and the Web, the program links the students and the wider campus community through the student newspaper.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the ability to write clear, concise, accurate and interesting news stories.

  • Demonstrate basic skills and techniques in news-gathering and news-writing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major legal and ethical issues in journalism.
  • Develop appropriate style through writing, revision and editing.
  • Demonstrate an ability to design and lay-out print news publications.
  • Write crisp, accurate and compelling advertising and public relations copy.

Career Pathways

Communication Teachers, postsecondary  Reporter, Correspondent  Radio or Television Announcer 
News Analyst  Editor  Public Relations 
Content Specialist  Writer  

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective* 3-4
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

COM-101Mass Media Communication

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective*  3
  Social Science Elective* 3
  General Education Elective* 3
  or  
  Free Elective** 3
COM-201Introduction to Journalism

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3

COM-110Print Journalism Production

3

COM-212Copy Editing

3

-or

COM-140/INF-140Introduction to Multimedia

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective*  4
  Humanities Electives* 6
  Free Elective** 3
COM-206Writing for the Mass Media

3

COM-210Public Relations

3

Total Credit Hours:19

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN)

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT)

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:11-12

Additional General Education Elective*

If needed to reach the Foundation minimum of 30-32 credits, take one course from the BCC General Education course list. If an additional course is not needed for that purpose, then the student must take a 3-credit free elective.

Total Credit Hours:0-3

Total Credit Hours: 30-32

Program Support Requirements

  Three general education courses (9 cr.) selected from the  following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN) 9
  One general education course (3 cr.) to be selected from  the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT) 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Program Requirements

COM-101Mass Media Communication

3

COM-201Introduction to Journalism

3

COM-110Print Journalism Production

3

COM-206Writing for the Mass Media

3

COM-210Public Relations

3

COM-212Copy Editing

3

-or

COM-140/INF-140Introduction to Multimedia

3

Total Credit Hours: 18

Free Electives**

Total Credit Hours: 3-6

Total Credit Hours: 65-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**Recommended: IST-123 Success 101; ART-184 Digital Photography; or ART-197 Computer Imaging.