Journalism

The Language Arts and Sciences Division offers a variety of classes in many different areas of study.  Whether you are interested in reporting, advertising, public relations, social media, or communications, a class suited to your needs is available at Iowa Central.

Journalism majors at Iowa Central are presented with an opportunity for a well-rounded education and the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment about the many types of journalistic assignments including digital and social media, investigative journalism, sports journalism, public relations, and traditional media journalism, all while completing their general education requirements.

Journalism majors will receive an education with a foundation in a basic liberal arts format with an emphasis on writing, as well as critical and analytical thinking skills. Iowa Central also offers a variety of classes pertaining to many issues surrounding the workplace, daily life, and social changes happening throughout the world.  Within these classes decision making, critical thinking, comparison, and analysis are used to provide you with a greater understanding of the world in which we live. The literature courses provide an avenue for understanding the history, and possible futures, of America and the world.  By presenting imaginative writing styles such as short story, drama, poetry, and novel, and studying the great authors in all genres, we hope to expand your mind so you can accomplish anything you wish.

All journalism majors participate in The Collegian, Iowa Central’s student-run newspaper that is published 16 times throughout the school year. Participating students are responsible for content, design, and production of the newspaper. 

Possible Careers

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  • Journalism
  • Digital Content Specialist
  • Public Information Officer
  • Publicist
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Broadcasting
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Communications
  • Public Speaking
  • Community Services
  • Sportscasting
  • Consulting
  • Teaching
  • Social Media Content Specialist
  • Editor
  • Blogger
  • Desktop Publisher

Course Schedule

The following schedule is a guide to obtain an Associate in Arts Degree from Iowa Central Community College in Journalism.  Check with transfer institutions on specific requirements.  Additional courses may be required before you can take a college-level English or mathematics course.

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
JOU-121 News Gathering & Reporting
3.0
COM-150 Mass Communications & Society
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
XXX-XXX Math or Science Elective
4.0
 
Total Hours: 14.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
MMS-241 Public Relations & Marketing
3.0
COM-142 Mass Media Writing
3.0
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3.0
XXX-XXX Math or Science Elective
4.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
REL-105 Intro to Religion
3.0
LIT-101 Intro to Literature
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
JOU-110 Media Law & Ethics
3.0
COM-157 Newspaper Production
1.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-221 Creative Writing
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
POL-111 American National Government
3.0
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflicts
3.0
COM-157 Newspaper Production
1.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 62.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Joshua Howell Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1250 howell@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu