Gain the writing, editing and technology skills you need to do journalism in the twenty-first century.
The Journalism Option in Liberal Arts leads to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree and is administered by the English Department. The program prepares you for journalism and other media careers through teaching the fundamentals of the news gathering process, from developing story ideas, conducting secondary research and in-person interviews, to writing and editing and publishing stories. You will learn the ethics and responsibilities of journalists, and the process of interviewing sources and writing news in a variety of formats including print, online and radio broadcast. Besides learning the format and techniques of writing hard news stories, you will be exposed to different kinds of journalism including features writing for newspapers, magazines and online formats; plus you will explore using the personal voice in literary journalism in such genres as blog posts, personal essays, memoirs and autobiography. You will also gain an insight into the new media of digital journalism and become both a critical consumer and producer of news.
In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation. Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment. Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.
The skills of reading, thinking critically and writing clearly are in-demand for any career path that you choose. Four-year Journalism degrees can lead to these careers:
Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.
Current Students Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have Questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
Prospective Students Review the Journalism Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
Recommended Course Sequence
First Year, Fall I
First Year, Fall II
First Year, Spring I
First Year, Spring II
Second Year, Fall I
Second Year, Fall II
Second Year, Spring I
Second Year, Spring II
See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.
For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).
Learning Communities can help you:
Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.
Recent Learning Community Themes include:
This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.
When you graduate from LaGuardia with an AA degree in Journalism, you can be assured of a smooth transfer process to Brooklyn College or York College.
Brooklyn College’s four-year program in Journalism offers a leading program in journalism within CUNY, both for print, digital and broadcast journalism.
York College also offers a standout Journalism program right here in Queens. York has exciting program, which offers over a dozen advanced electives in journalism, a state-of-the-art TV studio and many other opportunities.
CUNY remains committed Journalism in many of its two-year and four-year colleges. Once you graduate with a four-year B.A. degree, you might one day consider getting a Master’s degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, a world-class program in digital and broadcast journalism in midtown Manhattan.
As a LaGuardia student in Journalism, you will be able to attend events at Brooklyn, York and at the Graduate School of Journalism. You will benefit from the commitment to the study of Journalism that has been made at LaGuardia and other CUNY colleges.
Regardless of where you want to transfer,through Pathways you can be assured that the 60 credits you earn at LaGuardia will be accepted at any four-year CUNY institutions.
Learn more information about Pathways