As a journalism major, you will master the art of reporting and writing as well as learn legal issues that affect the media.  Through this program of study you will be able to demonstrate an applicable knowledge of the principles of ethical and socially responsible journalism. You will gain a working knowledge of the equipment and software used by news media and be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in news media and other related occupations.

Journalism - ADT (CSU and UC)

0-15 units
Fall/Spring Units
Communication Studies 1/ 1H or 9/ 9H 3
English 1A/ 1AH 4
Journalism 1  3
Journalism 20A 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Political Science 1/ 1H 3
Psychology 9 or Kinesiology 4 or Academic Literacy and Reading 3 3
16-30 units
Fall/spring Units
English 1B/1BH or Communications 2 or 3 or Academic Literacy and Reading 4 3-4
Journalism 20B 3
Journalism 150 3
Math 12/12H or 25 3-4
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
*One semester Foreign Language if not met with HS requirements 5
31-45 units
Fall/spring Units
English 11 3
Humanities 16 or History 6/ 6H or 7/ 7H or 31 3
Journalism 2 or Photography 12 or Journalism 20C or Journalism 52A 3
Journalism 7 3
Photography 8 or 20 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Theater Arts 3 or Music 89 or Dance 6/ 6H or Art History 1/ 1H or 2/ 2H or 9 3
Anthropology 1/1H and 1L or Biology 6 or 8 4
45-60+ units
Fall/spring Units
Ethnic Studies 1 or 3 or 7 or 8 or 21 or 23 3
Film Studies 1 or 2 3
Geography 1/ 1H  or Oceanography 1  3
Journalism 52B or Sociology 12** 3
*Languages other than English (LOTE) can be met with 2 years of the same language in high school (C or better grade)
**Recommended if neither of these were completed: Psychology 9 or Kinesiology 3 or Academic Literacy and Reading

For alternative CSU/UC General Education options refer to the RCC Catalog, under Requirements for College Transfer.


Milestones are courses, co-curricular activities and recommendations from your Student Success Team that will keep you on track towards completion of your degree. Check off your milestones as you complete them.
  • Complete English 1A (transfer-level English)
  • Complete transfer-level math 
  • Complete Two Entry Level Journalism Courses- JOU 1 and 20A
  • Apply to Universities (CSU/UC application period Oct 1-Nov 30)
  • Apply for ADT degree by beginning of spring term before transfer
  • Complete RCC Graduation application (during your last term)
  • Meet with your Counselor to Complete your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Complete FAFSA (Oct 1st - Mar 2nd for priority)
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor for career/research opportunities
  • Meet with your Counselor to update SEP (every semester)
  • Meet with your Counselor for pre-graduation check
  • Research Potential Clubs on Campus
  • Visit the Career Center for Internship opportunities
  • Research transfer institutions
  • Attend Transfer workshops and Transfer Fair
  • Participate in an internship/ job shadowing

Careers for Journalism Majors

Salaries Range : $26,000-74,000

  • Assistant Editor
  • Biographer
  • Book Critic
  • Broadcast Assistant
  • Broadcast, Fashion, Financial Journalist
  • Broadcaster
  • Columnist
  • Editorial Writer
  • Film, Restaurant, Theatre or Music Critic
  • Investigative Reporter
  • News Anchor
  • News Editor or Writer
  • Photojournalist
  • Political Reporter
  • Public Relations
  • Sports Reporter
  • Sportscaster
  • Television News Reporter