Professional Studies AS – Journalism Option

Code: AS.PS.JOUR

The Journalism option 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, it links the students and the wider campus community through the student newspaper.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Write clear, concise, accurate and interesting news stories, as well as crisp, accurate and compelling advertising and public relations copy.
  • 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.
  • Design and lay-out print news publications.

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

Mathematics/ Technology Elective
4-credit Mathematics Elective OR (3-credit Mathematics Elective AND 1-credit INF elective INF-102);
4
COM Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102
 3
COM-101Mass Media Communication

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
  Free Elective** - Recommended: IST-123 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

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Free Elective** - Recommended; ART-184 3
COM-206Writing for the Mass Media

3

COM-210Public Relations

3

Total Credit Hours:13

General Education Requirements

Communication

 COM... Choose COM-100 or COM-102 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, Natural Sciences and Technology Electives*

  Mathematics: 
One 3-credit general education course in Mathematics
(MAT) and a 1 cr. course in Information Technology (INF) or a 4 cr. general education course in Mathematics
4
  Natural Science Electives:
Two general education courses to be selected from
the following fields:
Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Physics (PHY)
8
Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

  One course 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) 3
  One course to be selected from  the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT) 3
COM-101Mass Media Communication

3

COM-110Print Journalism Production

3

COM-201Introduction to Journalism

3

COM-206Writing for the Mass Media

3

COM-210Public Relations

3

COM-212Copy Editing

3

Total Credit Hours:24

Free Electives**

Recommended: ART-184 (Digital SLR camera required)

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**Recommended: IST-123 Success 101; ART-184 Digital Photography;