Department website: https://academics.potomacstatecollege.edu/majors/two-year-programs/journalism
- Associate of Arts
Nature of the Program
The journalism program at Potomac State College is a hands-on learning experience in writing, communications, graphic design, and teamwork. Prior journalism experience is not required. Freshmen journalism students volunteer on the student newspaper: writing news and editorials; designing and selling advertising; taking pictures. Sophomore journalism majors run the student paper as news editors, sports editors, photo editors, and more.
The journalism curriculum transfer directly to the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University.
Potomac State's newsroom combines a comfortable classroom seminar environment with a modern desktop publishing system. Academic advising, tutoring, computer lab time, individual attention and small class size characterize the journalism program.
Elizabeth A. Atwater Journalism Scholarship
Journalism majors interested in serving as editor of the Pasquino during their sophomore year may apply to receive the Elizabeth A. Atwater Journalism Scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded for one semester at a time and announced at the beginning of the semester. The recipient must be enrolled in JRL 318 or JRL 426 and have demonstrated excellence as a writer, strong leader, and reliable student.
The journalism major prepares graduates for advanced studies in reporting, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, editing, photography, strategic marketing, and related careers. Journalism majors have the unique opportunity to display examples of their published work for university admissions boards and prospective employers. Some graduates choose a career in journalism after two years of study.
- Tom Sydow - M.F.A. Creative Writing (California State University – Long Beach)
Year @ PSC (2007)
- Milda Mullins - MA - Journalism
Year @ PSC (2019)
Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.
To be eligible for graduation, students must earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Students also must earn a grade of C or better in all major pre-requisite courses to advance. Students who do not earn a C or better will not be allowed to remain enrolled in the course. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all major courses that are counted toward their graduation requirements.
To help ensure timely progression toward the degree, if a student earns D/F/W grades for two consecutive semesters in at least one major or major pre-requisite course, even if the student's overall GPA is 2.0 or greater, they must meet with their academic advisor to assess progress toward graduation and the likelihood of success within the major. If, after consultation with the student, it is deemed that the major is not the right academic program, the student will be referred to the Coordinator of Academic Services to explore other possible majors.
All students must see their respective advisors each semester to schedule classes and ensure they are progressing appropriately.
General Education Foundations
NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.
|General Education Foundations|
|F1 - Composition & Rhetoric||3-6|
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|F2A/F2B - Science & Technology||4-6|
|F3 - Math & Quantitative Reasoning||3-4|
|F4 - Society & Connections||3|
|F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past||3|
|F6 - The Arts & Creativity||3|
|F7 - Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)||9|
Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.
|A minimum grade of C- is required in all JRL courses.|
|GEF Elective Requirements (2, 3, 5 and 6)||13|
& ENGL 102
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Introduction to Anthropology|
|BUSA 201||Survey of Economics||3|
|ENGL 214||Creative Writing: Non-Fiction||3|
|HIST 153||Making of Modern America: 1865 to the Present||3|
|POLS 102||Introduction to American Government||3|
|MDIA 101||Media and Society (GEF 4)||3|
|MDIA 215||Media Writing||3|
|MDIA 225||Media Tools & Applications||3|
|JRL 318||Beat Reporting||3|
|JRL 426||Investigative Reporting||3|
|JRL 191||First-Year Seminar||2|
Suggested Plan of Study
|ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3||MDIA 215||3|
|MDIA 101 (GEF 4)||3||ENGL 214 (GEF 6)||3|
|GEF 5||3||Select one of the following:||3|
|GEF Elective (GEF 3)||3|
|ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3||HIST 153||3|
|POLS 102||3||BUSA 201||3|
|GEF Elective (GEF 2)||4||JRL 426||3|
|MDIA 225||3||GEF Elective (GEF 6)||3|
|Total credit hours: 60|
Major Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the A.A. in Journalism, students will be able to:
- Think critically, creatively, and independently.
- Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking skills, writing and reporting, and an understanding of basic production skills, allowing them to produce news stories and multimedia projects.
- Demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken communications, an understanding of the technologies of print and digital media, and knowledge and applications of these skills in their chosen careers.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to serve diverse publics in their reporting and producing.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and legal issues that may arise in journalism.
- Work as collaborative teams to solve problems, create strategies and produce content across media platforms.
- Demonstrate the ability to engage an audience using social media networking.
- Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.