School: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Academic Dept: Arts and Communications
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Carol Passariello
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2018. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees Defined
The purpose of the A.A. and A.S. is to build a foundation in a discipline, then continue to higher levels of education by transferring to a four-year institution. The A.A. contains liberal arts credits; including coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and provides flexibility to pursue several careers. Conversely, coursework for the A.S. contains some liberal arts credits and coursework also directly applicable to a clearly defined career path. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
The Associate of Science Degree in Journalism at Westchester Community College prepares students to transfer to four-year degree programs in journalism. Students enrolled in the program acquire a solid basis in the liberal arts, journalism history and theory, news literacy, newsgathering, reporting, editing, ethics, multimedia storytelling, digital news production, and social media literacy. Students may also choose from a wide range of electives, including courses in communications, entrepreneurship, radio and television announcing, radio and television production, digital video camera operation, digital audio and video editing, website development, management, and data-analytics.
Our program provides students opportunities to apply journalistic techniques in storytelling using emerging multimedia technology across multiple-platform news delivery systems.The main campus in Valhalla features two state-of-the-art, cross-platform Communications & Journalism Innovation labs with the latest audio-visual equipment for full multimedia production.
Transfer agreements have been secured with SUNY Purchase, Mercy and Lehman College and proposed with City College, Pace University, New York University, and SUNY Stony Brook.
Westchester Community College’s proximity to the media capital of the world provides unique opportunities for students to study and intern both in Westchester and New York City. Students in the journalism program gain valuable experience and internship credits as news staff for student media on campus including the award-winning student newspaper The Viking News, vikingnews.com, WARY 88.1FM, and WCC-TV.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate performance in journalistic roles of news gathering, writing, and reporting across traditional and digital platforms.
- Apply theories and principles of communication to making ethical decisions in the practice of journalism.
- Demonstrate understanding of the various roles and responsibilities of news media in a democratic society.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a way that recognizes the legal, ethical, personal and social responsibilities of communicators.
- Demonstrate professionally sound and ethical news judgment.
General Education Requirements - 25 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (6 credits)
Natural Sciences (4 credits)
Social Sciences (3 credits)
Degree Requirements - 36 Credits
Minimum Total Credit - 61
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click to download the Journalism A.S. Educational Plan (PDF) .
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.