The English department offers degrees and certificates in Journalism and Public Relations.

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Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion

Do you like to get to the bottom of story? Can you craft the questions that uncover the truth? Can you write a convincing argument? Learn how to use these communication skills in the fast-growing field of in Journalism or Public Relations.

The Journalism Certificate of Completion (CCL) at Glendale Community College prepares students to work in the publishing industry whether they have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, or are starting a career in journalism. Certificate candidates may complete a professional journalism internship, and many produce a juried portfolio of published articles ready to show employers. 

Journalism CCL requirements also satisfy part of the Public Relations Associates of Applied Sciences degree. This degree prepares students with general, practical, and marketable skills that will enable them to seek entry-level employment in public relations, such as press relations, community or consumer relations, market research, in-house publications, political campaigns, fundraising and volunteer recruitment. 

Learn from current and retired media industry professionals. Recent guest speakers include: Nick Calderone, host of Right this Minute, Host; Kent Dana, former anchorman for Phoenix’s ABC, KPHX and KPHO; Peter O’Dowd, NPR News Director; Hayley Ringle, Phoenix Business Journal; Matt Petersen, Phoenix Suns Digital Reporter and Donna Rossi, Chief Correspondent at CBS 5.

Get hands-on experience and portfolio material when you write for The Voice student newspaper. You'll also learn the latest newsroom technology and media writing rules that the pros use!

Top Five Real-World Benefits of Studying JRN and P.R. at GCC:

  1. Build the ability to communicate effectively in most work environments.
  2. Understand the relationship between the media and a company’s media or public relations department.
  3. Learn to gather information for articles from research, interviews and social media.
  4. Apply writing and editing skills at an advanced level.
  5. Meet exciting people and discover new fields of learning

Journalism Courses

Course Course Name
JRN 133 Development of Small Publications
JRN 201 News Writing
JRN 203 Writing for Online Media
JRN 215 News Production
JRN 225 Photojournalism
JRN 234 Feature Writing
JRN 235 Practicum: Public Relations
JRN 238 Business Journalism
JRN 240AB Journalism Internship
JRN 240AC Journalism Internship




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