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

CourseTitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
XX xxxC1Social Science303
MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning or higher-level math course404
HIST 105CWestern Civilization II303
 14
Spring Semester
ENGL 120C/COMM 120CCommunication or 
ENGL 120CM/COMM 120MCCommunication: Mindful or 
COMM 125CCommunication and the Literature of Science and Technology303
DCOM 150CSocial Media Strategy303
XX xxxC1Social Science elective303
XX xxxC2Humanities elective303
XX xxxC3Lab Science elective324
 16

Second Year

CourseTitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
COMM 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 203CAdvanced Public Speaking303
PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues303
MATH 1xxCMath above Quantitative Reasoning404
 16-17
Spring Semester
COMM 227CProfessional Communication  or 
SPTS 220CSports Communications  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

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

CourseTitle
ENGL 120C/COMM 120CCommunication or
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MCCommunication: Mindful or
COMM 125CCommunication and the Literature of Science and Technology
DCOM 150CSocial Media Strategies
COMM 135CIntro to Media Studies
COMM 202CIntercultural Communication
COMM 203CAdvanced Public Speaking
COMM 204CCommunications Capstone
COMM 227CProfessional Communication
BUS 261CAdvertising

Digital

CourseTitle
ENGL 120C/COMM 120CCommunication or
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MCCommunication: Mindful or
COMM 125CCommunication and the Literature of Science and Technology
DCOM 130CEcommerce, Websites, and Blogging
DCOM 150CSocial Media Strategies
DCOM 210CSearch Engine Optimization
DCOM 230CEmail, Mobile Promotion, and Marketing
DCOM 250CDigital Analytics
COMM 203CAdvanced Public Speaking
COMM 204CCommunications Capstone
COMM 227CProfessional Communication

Mindful

CourseTitle
ENGL 101MCEnglish: Mindful
ENGL 102MCIntro to Literature: Mindful
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MCCommunication: Mindful
COMM 135CIntro to Media Studies
ENGL 294MC/COMM 294MCCommunicating Mindfully Capstone
DCOM 150CSocial Media Strategies
COMM 201CInterpersonal Communication
COMM 202CIntercultural Communication
COMM 203CAdvanced Public Speaking
COMM 204CCommunications Capstone
COMM 227C/ENGL 227CProfessional Communication
BUS 261CAdvertising

Sports

CourseTitle
ENGL 120C/COMM 120CCommunication or
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MCCommunication: Mindful or
COMM 125CCommunication and the Literature of Science and Technology
DCOM 150CSocial Media Strategies
COMM 202CIntercultural Communication
COMM 203CAdvanced Public Speaking
COMM 204CCommunications Capstone
SPTS 220CSports Communication
SPTS 250CSports and Society
SPTS 270CIntroduction to Sports Analytics

Visual Arts

CourseTitle
ENGL 120C/COMM 120CCommunication or
ENGL 120MC/COMM 120MCCommunication: Mindful or
COMM 125CCommunication and the Literature of Science and Technology
ENGL 121CIntro to Film
ENGL 221CFilm Genres and Directors
DCOM 150CSocial Media Strategies
COMM 203CAdvanced Public Speaking
COMM204CCommunications Capstone
VRTS 101CIntro to Drawing
VRTS 140CDigital Photography
VRTS 193CIntro to Photoshop
VRTS 201CDrawing 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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