This program is designed to prepare students to build successful careers in today’s complex, information-based, media-driven culture and allow them to transfer into bachelor’s degree program in Communications, Media Studies, Journalism, or related degree. The associate degree will prepare students to engage with communicative patterns, problems, and practices they will encounter in their personal and professional lives.

  • By studying communication in everyday relationships, groups, and organizations, students discover how these systems are created, maintained, and improved.
  • By learning critical thinking, problem solving, conflict management, and collaborative strategies, students develop leadership, career development, and understanding skills for different situations.
  • By developing skills in writing, editing, social media, and analysis, students learn to create and deliver effective messages through written, oral, digital, and broadcast channels.
Curriculum Abbreviations
  • 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

First Year

Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
XX xxxC1 Social Science 3 0 3
MATH 120C Quantitative Reasoning or higher-level math course 4 0 4
HIST 105C Western Civilization II 3 0 3
14
Spring Semester
ENGL 120C/COMM 120C Communication or
ENGL 120CM/COMM 120MC Communication: Mindful or
COMM 125C Communication and the Literature of Science and Technology 3 0 3
DCOM 150C Social Media Strategy 3 0 3
XX xxxC1 Social Science elective 3 0 3
XX xxxC2 Humanities elective 3 0 3
XX xxxC3 Lab Science elective 3 2 4
16

Second Year

Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
COMM 135C Introduction to Media Studies  or
DCOM 130C Ecommerce, Websites, Blogs  or
SPTS 180C Public Relations and Advertising for the Sports Industry  or
VRTS 140C Digital Photography 3 0 3
COMM 201C Interpersonal Communication  or
DCOM 210C Search Engine Optimization  or
SPTS 250C Sports and Society  or
VRTS 101C Intro to Drawing 3-4 0 3-4
COMM 203C Advanced Public Speaking 3 0 3
PHIL 242C Contemporary Ethical Issues 3 0 3
MATH 1xxC Math above Quantitative Reasoning 4 0 4
  16-17
Spring Semester
COMM 227C Professional Communication  or
SPTS 220C Sports Communications  or
VRTS 193C Intro to Photoshop 3 0 3
COMM 202C Intercultural Communication  or
DCOM 230C Email, Mobile Promotion, and Marketing  or
VRTS 201C Drawing II 3 0 3
XX xxxC Social Science elective 3 0 3
XX xxxC Science elective (with or without lab) 3-4 0 3-4
BUS 261C Advertising  or
DCOM 250C Digital Analytics  or
SPTS 270C Introduction to Sports Analytics  or
ENGL 221C Film Genres and Directors 3 0 3
COMM 204C Communications Capstone 1 0 1
16-17
Total Credits 62-64
1ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI prefix (excluding HIST 104C and HIST 105C) are strongly recommended. 2ENGL 102C Intro to Literature, ENGL 121C Film Studies, or foreign language 3Excluding BIOL 100C, CHEM 100C, and PHYS 100C

Communications

Course Title
ENGL 120C/COMM 120C Communication or
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MC Communication: Mindful or
COMM 125C Communication and the Literature of Science and Technology
DCOM 150C Social Media Strategies
COMM 135C Intro to Media Studies
COMM 202C Intercultural Communication
COMM 203C Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 204C Communications Capstone
COMM 227C Professional Communication
BUS 261C Advertising

Digital

Course Title
ENGL 120C/COMM 120C Communication or
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MC Communication: Mindful or
COMM 125C Communication and the Literature of Science and Technology
DCOM 130C Ecommerce, Websites, and Blogging
DCOM 150C Social Media Strategies
DCOM 210C Search Engine Optimization
DCOM 230C Email, Mobile Promotion, and Marketing
DCOM 250C Digital Analytics
COMM 203C Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 204C Communications Capstone
COMM 227C Professional Communication

Mindful

Course Title
ENGL 101MC English: Mindful
ENGL 102MC Intro to Literature: Mindful
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MC Communication: Mindful
COMM 135C Intro to Media Studies
ENGL 294MC/COMM 294MC Communicating Mindfully Capstone
DCOM 150C Social Media Strategies
COMM 201C Interpersonal Communication
COMM 202C Intercultural Communication
COMM 203C Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 204C Communications Capstone
COMM 227C/ENGL 227C Professional Communication
BUS 261C Advertising

Sports

Course Title
ENGL 120C/COMM 120C Communication or
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MC Communication: Mindful or
COMM 125C Communication and the Literature of Science and Technology
DCOM 150C Social Media Strategies
COMM 202C Intercultural Communication
COMM 203C Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 204C Communications Capstone
SPTS 220C Sports Communication
SPTS 250C Sports and Society
SPTS 270C Introduction to Sports Analytics

Visual Arts

Course Title
ENGL 120C/COMM 120C Communication or
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MC Communication: Mindful or
COMM 125C Communication and the Literature of Science and Technology
ENGL 121C Intro to Film
ENGL 221C Film Genres and Directors
DCOM 150C Social Media Strategies
COMM 203C Advanced Public Speaking
COMM204C Communications Capstone
VRTS 101C Intro to Drawing
VRTS 140C Digital Photography
VRTS 193C Intro to Photoshop
VRTS 201C Drawing II

This 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:

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

Communications skills are needed across industries and disciplines, such as social media, media, broadcasting, journalism, photography, business, public relations, travel and tourism, sales, advising, law, health, human services, education, and ministry. Graduates can enter into the following professions (not an inclusive list):

  • Radio and TV stations broadcaster
  • Newspaper and magazine writer/editor
  • Student and athlete advising
  • Advertising/marketing/social media developer

The 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.

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. The college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Further, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

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