Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree
Students interested in journalism as a career or serious supplementary endeavor should consider a bachelor’s degree. The AAOT (Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer) will best prepare students with those goals.
Journalism is the production of media content through multiple stages including writing, editing, photography, video, graphic design, and broadcasting on multiple, convergent media platforms. Umpqua Community College students have the opportunity to engage in each of those stages through our courses and labs. Today’s journalism is about much more than just writing!
Since every successful business utilizes media communication in some format, journalists are uniquely prepared for modern workplaces. Our students develop professional writing and publication skills in fun, interactive, media rich classrooms which emphasize the whole communication experience. UCC also provides opportunities for students to work on award-winning print, video and website publications.
Journalism courses at Umpqua Community College are offered in the Arts and Communication division as part of the Communication Studies transfer program. Students may choose one of three options:
- Communication Studies: Journalism
- Communication Studies: Public Relations or
- Communication Studies: Speech Communications.
Ready to get started?
It's easy and only requires TWO steps.
Fill out our response form. This will alert us that you are interested in Communication Studies programs.
If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.
To see the award-winning Umpqua Community College newspaper, produced by students in J215, please visit mainstreamonline.org – you can also like our Facebook page Umpqua Community College Mainstream newspaper. If you’re interested in placing an ad, please contact Melinda Benton.
Right: Watch a featured video produced by Mainstream students that was created to convey the idea of 'Discovering UCC'.
The AAOT guide in the UCC Catalog helps you plan the general education foundation you’ll need in order to transfer. Work with both a UCC counselor in the Advising and Career Center as well as a counselor from the university you plan to transfer to as all Oregon universities are somewhat unique in their requirements.
We strongly advise taking UCC’s four specific J classes before you transfer:
- J251 Writing for the Media (fall term),
- J211 Introduction to Mass Communications (spring term),
- J205 Public Relations (spring term) and
- J215 Journalism Production (fall, winter, spring).
These J courses help prepare media students for the competitive process of being accepted to a Communications, Media or Journalism school (acceptance into an Oregon university is only one step in the process; media students must also later apply and compete for entrance into a Journalism, Communications, or Media school within that university).
Students with community college journalism courses are at a competitive advantage because they have both a college-level portfolio as well as key foundational knowledge. We especially recommend J215, Journalism Production which combines instruction in all media platforms.
The following Journalism-related majors are offered at Oregon universities.
|University of Oregon||Oregon State University||Southern Oregon University|
|Eastern Oregon University||Portland State University||Western Oregon University|
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Money for College
Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.
- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
At UCC, you can earn a TWO-YEAR TRANSFER DEGREE for less than you'll pay for one year at a state university. Plus, UCC offers:
• Seamless, direct transfer degrees
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• In-person, online, and hybrid classes
Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Melinda Benton - Contact
Associate Professor, Communication