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What Is Journalism?

The academic pathway in Journalism at Perimeter College is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating and presenting news and information in a variety of ways.

Why Study Journalism?

Studying journalism allows students to become leaders in the new age of instant communication and connectivity. They can examine and analyze forms of mass media, while opening doors to a spectrum of careers from advertising and broadcasting to public relations and publishing.

Perimeter College starts students on the road to exciting careers in a variety of publishing and/or communications roles in the media, business, education and the arts. Among potential career opportunities are:

  • Corporate communications professional
  • Freelance writer
  • Radio/television producer or announcer
  • Magazine editor
  • Media relations specialist
  • News desk assignment editor
  • Newspaper reporter or editor
  • Public relations or marketing director
  • Speech writer
  • Technical writer
  • Web content developer
Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website for additional salary and job information.

1960 Journalism Pathway

 Associate of Arts, Pathway – Journalism

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. World Language at the 1002 level or higher (3 Credit Hours)
  2. Required Courses (minimum grade of “C” required) (12 Credit Hours):
    • JOUR 1000 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 Credit Hours)*
    • JOUR 1010 Basic News Writing (3 Credit Hours)*
    • JOUR 2500 Foundations of Media Research (3 Credit Hours)*
    • [SCOM 1500] Public Speaking (3 Credit Hours)
  3. Select additional elective courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • JOUR 2010 Opinion Writing and Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
    • ENGL 2600 Creative Writing (3 Credit Hours)
    • ENGL 2110 World Literature (3 Credit Hours)
    • ENGL 2120 British Literature (3 Credit Hours)
    • ENGL 2130 American Literature (3 Credit Hours)
    • [SCOM 2300] Business and Professional Communication (3 Credit Hours)
    • World language at the 2001 or 2002 level (3 Credit Hours)
  • See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. degrees” in section 3030 of the Georgia State University bachelor’s catalog.
  • Students must have a 2.5 grade-point average in the Area F JOUR courses indicated (*) to be eligible for the B.A. in Journalism at Georgia State University-Atlanta and to take 3000- and 4000-level JOUR courses. (See Major Eligibility Requirements in section 3380 of the bachelor’s catalog.)
  • Students interested in pursuing the B.A. in Journalism must take [SCOM 2300] or World Language at the 2001 or 2002 level.


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