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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where will I take classes?
Clarkston, Dunwoody, Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Journalism Pathway, A.A.

What Is Journalism?

The academic pathway in Journalism at Georgia State 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.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.
Pathway Highlights

“I will never stop being grateful for my time at Perimeter College. I failed elsewhere, but my hands-on, encouraging Perimeter professors made my second try at college a positive and fruitful experience. Perimeter College helped me build both my confidence and the skill sets I needed to succeed.”

Joshilyn Jackson
New York Times best-selling author

Perimeter College 1991 graduate
Earned bachelor’s degree at Georgia State University

“The associate degree I received from Perimeter College in the journalism pathway prepared me for success in the employment I received just after graduating … and for my current success as an entrepreneur.”

Ashley Oglesby
Perimeter College 2013 graduate
Co-owner, Roll Dog Adventure

Pathway Details

The Journalism pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



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.


Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Jane Hercules
Associate Department Chair of Humanities
[email protected]

The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.