Journalism

Program of Study

Journalism Transfer

Curriculum
Transfer to Metropolitan State University of Denver
Offered in the Classroom & 83% Online

About the Program

Stories will always be told — how we tell those stories is changing, however. There has never been a more exciting time to be in journalism. Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and smartphones—all are feeding an ever-growing demand for news. CCD’s journalism department offers many opportunities if you are interested in multi-media journalism.

In this program, you’ll learn to interview, write, report, edit, and produce news stories for a variety of media—newspapers and magazines, television, radio, and the Internet. You can specialize in one area or work across all media. A good journalist not only has technical and professional skills, but also intellectual curiosity about the world. Journalism students are prepared for careers as writers, reporters, editors, and producers for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and online newsrooms and other new multimedia outlets. Our program is designed to train you to analyze and explain the complex events of our times as well as raise journalistic standards in all media.

CCD’s journalism program offers classes that will start you on the path to a career as a journalist and give you what you need to transfer to a four-year university.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD's Excel Zone

It helps students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities with three locations on campus:

  • Confluence Building, 4th Floor | The Main Zone
  • Cherry Creek Building, Rooms 205 & 210 | Career & Technical Education (CTE) Zone
  • Science Building, Room 1019 | The Science Zone

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 83 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
303.352.6785 | TLC@ccd.edu

Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
JOU 121 Camera rental $15.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

The journalism program serves as a bridge for you to continue on to a four-year university or for you to head directly into the media industry.

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Internships

The internship courses (JOU 180 and JOU 280) allow you to earn college credit and pair real-world occupational experience with your education in the journalism field. You will be responsible for securing a journalism-related internship with an employing organization and may then coordinate how to receive credit for the course. Because each position is unique, internships will be coordinated on an individual basis, but will typically involve a portfolio of work performed and a self-reflection on the application of journalism principles in their workplace. See the journalism program chair for details.

Society of Professional Journalists | A Thriving Student Organization

Get involved with the SPJ Auraria Chapter, a group of students who promote the First Amendment and seek opportunities for networking and developing partnerships with media leaders. You don't have to be a journalism student; everyone is welcome to join.

SPJ is a professional organization that includes broadcast, print and online journalists, journalism educators, and students interested in journalism as a career.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists to

  • promote the flow of information.
  • maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
  • stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
  • foster excellence among journalists.
  • inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
  • encourage diversity in journalism.
  • be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
  • encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.

The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

Join SPJ Today!

Please contact SPJ chair Adam Glick, if you are interested in joining our chapter or gaining more information.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

The study of the journalism discipline will enhance career opportunities in the field and increase your salary potential. Complete your certificate in journalism and then transfer to a four-year institution where you can complete a major or minor for a B.A.

A degree in journalism opens the doorway to careers in:

  • Reporting & Writing
  • Broadcasting
  • Photojournalism
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising

There are many possibilities with a degree in journalism; learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.