About Journalism

Be part of an award-winning program that provides varied skills leading to an array of internship and entry-level opportunities in journalism and public relations.

With the help of professional and peer mentors students will master the art of general reporting, journalistic writing, investigative reporting, data journalism, copyediting, editorial management, layout/design, multimedia reporting, and photojournalism. Students will also get an opportunity to work on the department's award-winning publications - the biweekly campus newspaper The Guardsman and the once a semester campus magazine Etc. Students in the program also get an opportunity to attend regional, state, and national journalism conferences where they compete in on-the-spot contests and participate in skill-training workshops. Upon completion of the core courses in the program, students are offered a possible internship opportunity at the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, and/or a variety of neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco. Students have also been placed in broadcast settings to serve as news reporters for KGO-TV, KQED Radio, KALW Radio, and KPOO Radio.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Journalism can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Reporters
  • Copy editors
  • Photojournalists with newspapers, magazines, and some broadcast outlets.
  • Data journalists,
  • Public relations specialists
  • Layout/design specialists for newspapers and magazines.

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
VMD 101 or DSGN 101 or PHOT 100 Design Fundamentals 3  
JOUR 19 Contemporary News Media  
JOUR 21 News Reporting and Writing 3  
JOUR  22 Feature Writing 3  

Total Units: 16-18 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
MATH 46, MATH 60 or 860, ET 108B, or ET 50, or PSYC 5, or ECON 5, or LALS 5, or PHIL 12A, or FIN 136M or higher math course (or equivalent) Math Graduation Requirement 3-8  
GE Area D Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement 3  
JOUR 35 Internet Journalism 3  
JOUR 37 Introduction to Photojournalism 3  
VMD 120 Graphic Design I 3  

Total Units: 15-20 

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
JOUR 23 Copy Editing 3  
JOUR 36 Investigative Reporting 3  
JOUR 38 Intermediate Photojournalism 3  
GE Area C Natural Sciences Requirement 3-6  
GE Area F United States History and Government Requirement 3  

Total Units: 15-18

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
JOUR 24 Newspaper Laboratory 4  
JOUR 25 Editorial Management 3  
JOUR 26 Fundamentals of Public Relations 3  
JOUR 29A Introduction to Magazine Editing and Production 3  
GE Area H Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender STudies adn LGBTQ Studies 3  

Total Units: 16

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
JOUR 19 Contemporary News Media 3  
CSU GE Area A1 Oral Communication  
CSU GE Area E Lifelong Learning and Self-Development 3  
Additional CSU Tranansferable Units   3  

Total Units: 16-18 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
JOUR 21 News Reporting and Writing 3  
CSU GE Area B4 Math / Quantitative Reasoning 3-8  
CSU GE Area A3 Critical Thinking 3  
CSU GE Area C1 Arts 3  

Total Units: 12-18 

Semester 3 (Summer Session)

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
Additional Area C1 or C2 See Counselor 3  
CSU GE Area D Social Sciences 3  

Total Units: 6

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CSU GE Area B1 Physical Science 3-6  
JOUR 24 or JOUR 29A Newspaper Lab or Introduction to Magazine Editing and Production 3-4  
Major Requirement - List A See Counselor 3  
Major Requirement - List B See Counselor 3-5  
POLS 1 U.S. Government    

Total Units: 15-21

 

Semester 5

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CSU GE Area B2 Life Science 3-6  
CSU GE Area B3 Lab Activity (To be taken with course from B1 or B2) 1  
Major Requirement - List B See Counselor 3-5  
CSU GE Area C2 Humanities 3-5  
CSU GE Area D Social Sciences 3  

Total Units: 13-20

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Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Journalism programs at the following institutions: 

, Humboldt State University, Chico State University, and Sacramento State University. There is growing interest in transferring to U.C Berkeley once the university establishes its undergrad program in journalism.

  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Chico State University
  • Sacramento State University
  • University of California, Berkeley

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.