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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide is a tool to help you understand what classes are recommended for this pre-major; review this information with your advisor as you develop an educational plan. 

  • Use the fillable AA-DTA Degree Planning Guide  with the information below to plan your path to completing this pre-major. 
  • Click on “print degree planner” for a print-friendly version of this planning guide
  • The Class Schedule will tell you which classes each quarter meet requirements for your pre-major. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn 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.

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.  

General Education - 20 Credits

Courses used in General Education (Gen Ed) Core may not be used for distribution.

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

HUM 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 , PSYC 230 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes:

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120  

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: World language if required for university admission or graduation. Strongly recommended: CMST& 101 , CMST& 220 .

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences . Recommended: Economics, history, and political science courses. Strongly recommended: CMST& 102 .

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives  and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) . Recommended: CMST& 101 , CMST 140 , CMST& 210 , CMST& 230 , CMST 244 , CMST 245 , CMST 247 , World Langugage if required for university admission or graduation.

Where can I go for help?

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Career Planning


Journalism Faculty Advisors

Mimi Harvey
206-546-4796 mharvey@shoreline.edu Rm 5321

Brooke Zimmers
206-546-4795 bzimmers@shoreline.edu Rm 5320

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

School Transfer Information
Central Washington University http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Eastern Washington University https://www.ewu.edu/apply/transfer/
Gonzaga University http://tinyurl.com/7c9d6xh
Pacific Lutheran University https://www.plu.edu/admission-transfer/
Seattle Pacific University http://spu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/apply/transfer-students
Seattle University http://tinyurl.com/z3kjpcm
University of Washington - Seattle https://admit.washington.edu/Apply/Transfer/
Walla Walla University http://tinyurl.com/z5a4h8p
Washington State University http://tinyurl.com/jk3a2v2
Western Washington University https://admissions.wwu.edu/transfer
Whitworth University http://tinyurl.com/zcdww66

What is Journalism?

Journalism is the investigation and reporting of news. Many people believe that 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.

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 filmmakers, speech-writers, public-relations specialists, bloggers, grant-writers, researchers, social-media managers, 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, news sites, search-engine news sites, online newsletters, news agencies, public-relations firms, government agencies, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, private investigation firms and public advocacy groups. For more information, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

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