Pursue a stimulating career in journalism, advertising, public relations and related fields by studying mass media, journalistic writing and media production. This two-year program prepares you for transfer to a four-year college to complete your degree.


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The student newspapers at both Pierce Fort Steilacoom and Pierce Puyallup give interested students the opportunity to gain practical experience in nearly all phases of producing a newspaper using desktop publishing techniques that include computer formatting and digital imaging.

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Communication and especially journalism majors should choose classes that provide a well-rounded exposure to the basic systems, issues, and concerns of American society; to the basic nature of people; and to the expanding global marketplace.

The following courses are recommended:

  • CMST& 102: Intro to mass media
  • CMST& 220: Public speaking
  • ECON& 201: Microeconomics
  • ENGL 103: Composition: Argumentation and research
  • HIST& 159: History of United States IV
  • HUM& 118: Humanities III
  • JOURN 102: Intro to newswriting
  • JOURN 103: Intro to feature writing
  • JOURN 111: College newspaper: Reporting and editing
  • JOURN 112: College newspaper: Photojournalism
  • JOURN 120: Intro to Broadcasting
  • JOURN 125: The Documentary: A social force
  • JOURN 210: Photojournalism
  • MNGT 275: Intro to visual promotion
  • PHIL& 101: Intro to philosophy
  • POLS& 202: American government
  • PSYC& 100: General psychology
  • SOC& 101: Intro to sociology


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