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Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayHumanities, Arts, Design, Communication
AdvisorBetty McKinnie
Division Chair, Language and Literature
850.769.1551 ext 2887

Senior Administrative AssistantBrandon Bowling

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Journalism, AA

Do You Have a Passion for Writing and Sharing People's Stories?

An Associate in Arts degree in journalism will prepare you for the production and evaluation of information disseminated through mass media. The track includes study and appreciation of the evolution of the context and technologies of mass media. You will develop fundamental skills in writing for newspapers, magazines, radio and television. You will gain practical skills in desktop publishing through production of the College's literary magazine.

You may continue your formal education toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in journalism or mass communication, these degrees may allow entry into newspaper and magazine production and information related fields.

Gulf Coast State College is here to help you build a solid foundation that will prepare you to continue your studies at a four-year institution. We offer the necessary prerequisites for the state of Florida university baccalaureate programs.

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Journalism Course Requirements

ENC1101, English I
ENC1102, English II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select 6 hours:
MAC1105, College Algebra 
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics
Physical Science
Biological Science
Behavioral Sciences
AMH2010, U.S. History I
POS2041, American National Government
SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking
AMH2020, U.S. History II
POS2011, State and Local Government or CPO2002, Comparative Government
Select 15 hours:

Recommended electives:
MMC2100, Writing for Mass Comm
MMC1000, Survey of Mass Communication
PGY2801C, Digital Photography I
PGY2802C, Digital Photography II

What can you do with a Journalism Degree?

In this field, people find careers as:

Financial Writer
Magazine Writer
Travel Journalist
Investigative Writer
Political Reporter
Business Reporter
Feature Reporter
Entertainment Reporter

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
University of Miami
University of Central Florida
University of South Florida
The University of Tampa
Patti Woodham

Meet Patti Woodham

"I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alabama and Auburn University. In 1988, after 20 years in the advertising and marketing business, my first job was a Gulf Coast recruiter. I wrote, directed and produced several recruitment and public relations videos and developed many publications along with sponsoring the College's newspaper, The Gull's Cry. " – Retired English Professor

Are you ready to Get Started?

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Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.