The Journalism program is designed to prepare students for transfer as majors in various areas of communication. Pierce's basic courses in journalistic writing and mass media provide a good background for those pursuing communication careers in print journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising, and public relations.
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.
Students working toward their transfer degree typically take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college for further training in the journalism field are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Pierce.
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:
Journalism Department Coordinator & Pioneer Advisor