Overview

The Associate of Arts in Communications is designed to prepare students to build successful careers in today’s complex, information-based and media-driven culture, as well as to allow them to transfer and to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Media Studies, Journalism, or related degree at a four-year college or university. The associate’s degree will prepare students to engage more knowledgeably with the communicative patterns, problems, and practices that they will encounter in their personal, professional, and civic lives. By studying communication in everyday relationships, groups, and organizations; students will discover how these systems are created, maintained, and improved.  By learning about critical thinking, problem solving, conflict management, and strategies for interacting with colleagues and organizations; students will develop skills essential for leadership, career development, and understanding and interpreting different situations.  By developing skills in writing, editing, social media, and analysis; students will learn to create and deliver effective messages through written, oral, digital, and broadcast channels. These communication skills derived from the degree can help students succeed in corporate settings or in organizations involving communications, media, broadcasting, journalism, photography, business, public relations, politics, law, health, human services, education, and ministry.

Communications Degree

FIRST YEAR

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
 ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
*XX xxxCSocial Science303
 MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning or higher404
 HIST 105CWestern Civilization II303
 14
Spring Semester
 ENGL 120CCommunications or 
 ENGL 120CMCommunicating Mindfully  or 
 ENGL 125CCommunications and the Literature of Science and Technology303
 DCOM 150CSocial Media Strategy303
*XX xxxCSocial Science Elective303
**XX xxxCHumanities Elective303
***XX xxxCScience (with lab)324
 16

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester
 ENGL 135CIntroduction to Media Studies  or 
 DCOM 130CEcommerce, Websites, Blogs  or 
 SPTS 180CPublic Relations and Advertising for the Sports Industry  or 
 VRTS 140CDigital Photography303
 COMM 201CInterpersonal Communication  or 
 DCOM 210CSearch Engine Optimization  or 
 SPTS 250CSports and Society  or 
 VRTS 101CIntro to Drawing3-403-4
 COMM 201CAdvanced Public Speaking303
 PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues303
 MATH 1xxCMath above Quantitative Reasoning404
 16-17
Spring Semester
 COMM 227CProfessional Communication  or 
 SPTS 220CSports Communication  or 
 VRTS 193CIntro to Photoshop303
 COMM 202CIntercultural Communication  or 
 DCOM 230CEmail, Mobile Promotion, and Marketing  or 
 VRTS 201CDrawing II303
*XX xxxCSocial Science Elective303
**XX xxxCScience Elective (with or without lab)3-403-4
 BUS 261CAdvertising  or 
 DCOM 250CDigital Analytics  or 
 SPTS 270CIntroduction to Sports Analytics  or 
 ENGL 221CFilm Genres and Directors303
 COMM 204CCommunications Capstone101
 16-17
TOTAL CREDITS62-64

*ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI prefix, excluding   HIST 104C and HIST 105C; PSYC and SOCI strongly recommended       

**ENGL 102C Intro to Literature, ENGL 121C Film Studies,   or Foreign Language

***Excluding BIOL 100C, CHEM 100C, and PHYS 100C 

CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

 

 

 

Program Mission

It is the mission of the English Department to prepare students for:

  • Competitive eligibility for jobs in the communication field
  • Transfer to Baccalaureate programs
  • Advancement in their current jobs

Program Outcomes

The Communications program seeks to guide and develop students into becoming ethical, hard-working, and thoughtful contributors in their personal lives, careers, and society. Accordingly, the program will develop students’ abilities to:

  1. Exemplify high ethical standards in personal and professional communication
  2. Participate in discussions about cultural diversity
  3. Communicate through individual and group presentations and speeches, as well as participate in a symposium
  4. Effectively employ communications and social media tools
  1. Assess the dynamics of interpersonal communication and conflict management involving personal and business relationships
  2. Develop a communication plan to enact during a crisis within an organization and then reflect and revise communication strategies used during the crisis
55-60%

of students qualify for financial aid