Frequently Asked Questions

What is unique about your program? 

Our program offers a state-of-the-arts computer lab, two award-winning publications, instructors who are working journalists on local publications, a coaching program for students, internship opportunities because of our close ties with the publishing community in the Bay Area, and curriculum that keeps pace with the changing needs of today's newsrooms.

Does the Journalism Department offer transferable courses?

Yes. Two courses in our program are transferable to four-year institutions. The two courses are Journalism 19 (Contemporary News Media) and Journalism 21 (News Writing & Reporting) or Journalism 22 (Feature Writing).

Do any courses in the department fulfill general education requirements?

Yes. Journalism 19 (Contemporary News Media) meets the GE requirement in humanities.

Can I get a degree or certificate in your program?

The department offers an AA degree in journalism that takes about two years to complete and leads to transferring to a four-year university. A Certificate of Award in journalism is also available for those students only wishing to gain journalistic skills for possible employment within an 18-month period.

If I complete two-years of study in your program and I want to transfer to a four-year college, is that possible?

Yes, it is possible to transfer to a four-year institution. Students in our program have enrolled at San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley, San Jose State University, Humboldt State University, and U.C. Santa Cruz, just to name a few.

Will I encounter any problems when it comes to enrolling in one your courses?

No, you should not encounter any problems enrolling in our courses. Enrollment in our department is moderate. Class size is about 20 students per class, which allows for plenty of opportunities to interact with faculty and fellow students.

What kinds of jobs can I expect to qualify for once I complete two years of study in your program?

The department has been able to prepare students for entry level positions in newspaper design & pagination, copy editing, and news writing.

Are internships available to students in the program?

Yes, the department has working relations with numerous neighborhood newspapers and some alternative publications in the area. Instructors in our department also have connections with the two daily papers, S.F. Chronicle and the S.F. Examiner.

Does the department offer any scholarships?

The department has a $100 scholarship for continuing students. The application deadline is April 1. The department also makes available information on journalism scholarships offered by local and statewide organizations.

Are there any other resources offered through the department that I should be aware of?

Yes. The department sponsors a mentoring program, a student club, a media career fair, and a "Brown Bag" lecture series. It also has an extensive library of media related books, as well as, a large collection of media-related videos.

If I need to talk to a journalism adviser is there someone I should see?

Yes. You can speak to Juan Gonzales who has been with the program since 1985. He can be contacted by calling (415) 239-3446.