Journalism Transfer AA

Last updated 6/30/2015

Associate in Arts Code 1011

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
William Desmond, 309-796-5437,
East Campus
East Campus Advising, 309-854-1709

Students planning to major in journalism at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a Journalism major, students should consult with the Advising area at Black Hawk College for additional information.

Students in this curriculum will become proficient in general writing skills as well as learn the specific techniques used in journalistic writing such as interviewing, and sports, editorial and feature writing. Students who work on the College newspaper will focus upon the College community. Courses covering journalism-related fields such as photography and layout are also available.

Journalism graduates may consider a wide range of careers in the media field, such as newspaper reporting, magazine writing, photo-journalism, and radio and television broadcasting, as well as the related areas of criticism and public relations.

Journalism Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1011
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
JOUR 222 — Beginning Reporting (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
Fine Arts (3)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)

Second Semester
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers (3)
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
Humanities (3)
Life Science (4)
Mathematics (3)

Third Semester
JOUR 221 — Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
JOUR 230 — Newspaper Production (2)
PHIL 103 — Ethics (3)
Physical Science (4)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)

Fourth Semester
ENG 243 — Writing for the Media  or  (3)
ENG 245 — Writing Internship  or
JOUR 225 — Advanced Reporting
IS 220 — Global Issues (3)
JOUR 230 — Newspaper Production (2)
Non-Western Studies (3)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)
Electives (4)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

Courses for this program include: »

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

ENG 243 Writing for the Media
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An understanding of those characteristics of the print and broadcast media necessary to write effective press releases, newsletters, speeches, articles and brochures.

ENG 245 Writing Internship
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hrs; 15 lab hrs per week -to be arranged.
Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
Actual work experience in any appropriate writing situation: journalism; media (radio, television); advertising; social service agencies; on-profit organizations; public relations; and business and technical writing.

IS 220 Global Issues
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course introduces students to contemporary global issues and international relations. These diverse, complex issues stem from the synergistic interaction of economic, socio-cultural, and political factors. This course examines various influences that impact global issues, such as nation-states, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as issues relating to gender, ethnicity, and power. The course also explores causes of conflicts and reviews potential solutions to contemporary global crises. IAI: S5 904

JOUR 221 Introduction to Mass Communications
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Study of the communications process. Newspapers, magazines, books, radio, television, and motion pictures. IAI: MC 911

JOUR 222 Beginning Reporting
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Instruction in the mechanics of reporting and writing a news story.

JOUR 225 Advanced Reporting
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: JOUR 222.
Experience in more difficult assignments and stories. Principles and practices of developing interpretative articles, features and editorials for the news media.

JOUR 230 Newspaper Production
2 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Laboratory experience in the design, assembly and publishing of the college newspaper. Designed to give instruction and experience in all phases of production: editing procedures, rewriting, composition, heading and cutting.

PHIL 103 Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate COMPASS score or ENG 091 or REA 098 “C” or better.
Presents an introduction to the moral problems of society with an emphasis on concepts and systems. IAI: H4 904

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900