• Journalism

    Gain the writing, editing and technology skills you need to do journalism in the twenty-first century.

  • The Journalism Option in Liberal Arts leads to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree and is administered by the English Department. The program prepares you for journalism and other media careers through teaching the fundamentals of the news gathering process, from developing story ideas, conducting secondary research and in-person interviews, to writing and editing and publishing stories.

    You will learn the ethics and responsibilities of journalists, and the process of interviewing sources and writing news in a variety of formats including print, online and radio broadcast. Besides learning the format and techniques of writing hard news stories, you will be exposed to different kinds of journalism including features writing for newspapers, magazines and online formats; plus you will explore using the personal voice in literary journalism in such genres as blog posts, personal essays, memoirs and autobiography. You will also gain an insight into the new media of digital journalism and become both a critical consumer and producer of news.

  • In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.


    Your Advising team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you: 

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus. 

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Barbara Carson, Advising Services
    B 103
    Maria Shirling, Advising Services
    B 100P
    Shakira Whitley, Advising Services
    B 100R

    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone Office Location
    Victor Rosa, Journalism Committee Co-Chair,
    Lecturer, English Dept.
    M 111H
    Richard Dragan,
    Journalism Program Director
    Journalism Committee Co-Chair 
    Assistant Professor, English Dept.
    M 111G

    Allia Abdullah-Matta, Assistant Professor, English Dept. 

    amatta@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-349-4078  M 119A 
    Rochell Isaac
    Assistant Professor, English Dept.
    risaac@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-730-7511 M 109L

    The skills of reading, thinking critically and writing clearly are in-demand for any career path that you choose. Four-year Journalism degrees can lead to these careers:

    Online Journalist  Publishing  Blogger  Business Journalist 
    Newspaper Journalist 
    Law  Movie Critic  Technology Journalist 
    Foreign Correspondent  Food Writer  Technical Writer 
    Public Relations  Travel Writer  TV Broadcaster  Investigative Journalist 

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.

    Current Students 
    Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have Questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Prospective Students

    Review the Journalism Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below. 

    Recommended Course Sequence

    First Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts  Program Core 
    ENG101 English Composition I Required Core 3
      Math and Quantitative Reasoning course Required Core 3
    Flexible Core Elective (1 of 6) Flexible Core 3
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 12 

    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG102 Writing though Literature Required Core 3
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 15 

    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG210* Journalism: Its Scope and Use Program Core
    ENG211* Journalism: The Craft of Gathering and Reporting the News Program Core 3
    Flexible Core Elective (2 of 6) Flexible Core 3

    Humanities Elective Program Core 3
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 27

    First Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      Flexible Core Elective (3 of 6) Flexible Core 3

    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 30 

    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits

    Journalism Elective (ENG274 or ENG213) Program Core 3
      Flexible Core Elective (4 of 6) Flexible Core 
      Social Science Elective  Program Core 
      Life and Physical Sciences course  Required Core 
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 42 

    Second Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper Program Core 3
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 45 

    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology Program Core 3
    Journalism Elective (ENG212 or ENG213) Program Core 3
      Flexible Core Elective (5 of 6) Flexible Core 3
      Flexible Core Elective (6 of 6) Flexible Core 
    Session Credits 12
    Total Credits 57 

    Second Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      Unrestrictive Elective
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 60

    See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    *recommended course

    Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).

    Learning Communities can help you:

    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a community with your classmates
    • Work closely with faculty
    • Be more successful in your courses
    • Be more likely to stay in school and graduate

    Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.

    Recent Learning Community Themes include:

    • American Cultural Identities in Poetry, Prose, Beats and Rhymes
    • Technology, Power and Freedom: Building your Digital Identity
    • Truth, Lies and Video
    • Alienation and Inquiry

    Review Liberal Arts Learning Communities for the current semester.

    LIB200: Science, Humanism and Technology is the capstone course for Liberal Arts majors.

    This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.

    When you graduate from LaGuardia with an AA degree in Journalism, you can be assured of a smooth transfer process to Brooklyn College or York College.

    Brooklyn College’s four-year program in Journalism offers a leading program in journalism within CUNY, both for print, digital and broadcast journalism.

    York College also offers a standout Journalism program right here in Queens. York has exciting program, which offers over a dozen advanced electives in journalism, a state-of-the-art TV studio and many other opportunities.

    CUNY remains committed Journalism in many of its two-year and four-year colleges. Once you graduate with a four-year B.A. degree, you might one day consider getting a Master’s degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, a world-class program in digital and broadcast journalism in midtown Manhattan.

    As a LaGuardia student in Journalism, you will be able to attend events at Brooklyn, York and at the Graduate School of Journalism. You will benefit from the commitment to the study of Journalism that has been made at LaGuardia and other CUNY colleges.

    Regardless of where you want to transfer,through Pathways you can be assured that the 60 credits you earn at LaGuardia will be accepted at any four-year CUNY institutions. Learn more information about Pathways