Program Description

The 90-credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism or Communications. Journalism is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Law, and Education.

Journalism — What is it?

Journalism is the investigation and reporting of news. Journalists' most important task is to monitor powerful institutions and expose injustices. However, journalists report on any number of topics, including natural disasters, war, political campaigns, court cases, economic trends, scientific breakthroughs and sports. They may also write political opinions or review movies, restaurants and vacation spots. Their work is aired in several forms, from blogs on the Internet to documentaries on TV. Journalism programs in the U.S. often include Basic Reporting, Advanced Reporting, Feature Writing, Mass Media and Society, Law and Ethics, and Internships.

Contemporary issues in Journalism: 

The 24/7 news cycle, anonymous sources, ethics, celebrity news, the future of print media and newspapers, diversity in the newsroom, privacy, concentrated ownership, the ethnic press, and the Freedom of Information Act.

Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism?

Graduates of Journalism programs go on to work as reporters, editors, videographers, photo-journalists, documentary film makers, speech-writers, public-relations specialists, bloggers, grant-writers, researchers, authors of nonfiction books, private investigators and assorted other professions. The skills learned involve gathering and analyzing information, and then presenting it in a clear, fair, engaging manner to an audience. These skills can be applied to almost any field.

Potential employers include:

Newspapers, magazines, TV networks and stations, radio stations, blogs, search-engine news sites, online newsletters, wire services, public-relations firms, government agencies, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, private investigation firms and public advocacy groups. For more information, please visit Career Counseling .

Program Outcomes
  • Identify the media’s legal, ethical and social responsibilities.
  • Explain the news production process
  • Gain experience reporting and writing news stories that are clear, accurate, fair and engaging to a large audience

Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the  AA-DTA . For international students, Shoreline also has  conditional admission agreements  that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.

Contact Us

Faculty and Advising Contacts

Mimi Harvey


Patti Jones
Rm 9101

Brooke Zimmers
Rm 5384

Length of Program:

90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree