Liberal Arts: Journalism, AA

Room: E-Building, E-103

Phone: (718) 482-5656


The Journalism Major exists to support student’s interest in storytelling and covering the news. Students find story ideas, interviews and conducts research. They also write and edit news stories. The student becomes more creative, confident, and blossoms into a professional writer. The Journalism Major also offers hands-on experience with beat reporting, digital journalism, broadcast journalism, feature writing, editing, and publishing. This often happens when our majors work closely with faculty as they intern at our college newspaper The Bridge and with journalists as they intern at New York based community newspapers. These experiences will be balanced by lessons in thinking critically and working ethically. To put it simply, the Journalism Major will help students become a well-rounded reporter who tells stories that matter to them.

Are You Interested In...

  • Are you curious about the world?
  • Enjoy telling stories?
  • Determined and a go-getter?
  • Do you have a way with words and charm people?
  • Do you like investigating things and are interested in the truth?
  • Are you looking for an adventurous and passionate career?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Writing
  • Reporting and Investigative skills
  • Research and Critical analysis
  • Editing
  • Interpersonal and networking
  • Creativity and thinking out of the box
  • Working against strict deadlines
  • Social media
  • Public Relations
  • Storytelling

What makes this major unique?

In this major, students get a chance to gain real world media experience and work with professionals from the industry. In Spring, students work as interns for the college newspaper, The Bridge, and gain valuable hands-on experience. In the fall students get a chance to work as interns with community newspapers of Schneps Media, one of the largest media groups in the tri-state area. In addition to that, one LaGuardia student will receive the opportunity to research and report on an underrepresented issue of global importance through the Pulitzer Center Student Fellowship in collaboration with the journalism program. Students can propose projects focused on an issue occurring in the US or abroad that is underreported in the US media. Our journalism students have reported from Greece, Russia, Nicaragua. We also invite professional journalists to interact with our students in the classroom as well as other events.

Career Possibilities

Most news analysts, reporters, and journalists work for newspaper, website, or magazine publishers or in television or radio broadcasting. Others are self-employed. Most work full time, and their schedules vary. News analysts, reporters, and journalists typically need a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. Internship or work experience on a college newspaper, radio station, or television station also may be helpful.

  • Reporter, Foreign Correspondent
  • Research/Fact Checking
  • News Analyst, Broadcaster, Videographer
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Public Relations
  • Communications
  • Teacher/Trainer
  • Speech Writer
  • Press Officer
  • Professor of Journalism
  • Editor-in-chief

Transfer Possibilities

  • York College – BA in Journalism
  • Brooklyn College – BA in Journalism
  • Baruch College
  • Lehman College
  • Buffalo State College
  • Stony Brook University
  • The College at Brockport
  • University at Albany
  • Columbia University
  • Hofstra University
  • Ithaca College
  • New York University
  • Syracuse University

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 Credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3 credits
    (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses – 3 credits

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses – 3 credits

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 Credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.


Courses Credits
Liberal Arts: 6 Credits
LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities
LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology 3
English: 3 Credits
ENG103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper
Journalism Core: 12 Credits
Select four of the following courses:
ENG208 Introduction to Digital Journalism
ENG209 Advanced Digital Journalism
ENG210 Journalism: Its Scope and Use
ENG211 Journalism: The Craft of Gathering and Reporting the News
ENG212 Feature Writing for Newspapers and Popular Magazines
ENG213 Broadcast Journalism: Writing for Radio
ENG274 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
ENG288 Internship
Humanities: 3 Credits
Select one of the following courses:
HUA101 Introduction to Art
HUC106 Public Speaking
HUC150 The Art of Film
HUM101 Introduction to Music
HUN195 Art in New York
HUP101 Introduction to Philosophy
HUP104 Ethics and Moral Issues
Social Science: 3 Credits
Select one of the following:
SSA100 Introduction to Anthropology
SSA101 Cultural Anthropology
SSE105 International Economics
SSE125 World Geography
SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500
SSH106 World History from 1500 to the Present
SSP200 Global Politics
SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times
SSH110 East Asia Civilization and Societies
SSH231 Afro-American History
SSH232 Survey of Latin American and Caribbean History
SSP220 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean
SSS100 Introduction to Sociology
Unrestricted electives: 3 Credits

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