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  Jul 22, 2017
 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies, Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts


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Communication Studies, an option of the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree program, prepares students to transfer into the junior year at four-year colleges in speech, communication, media production and journalism. It also prepares students for entry-level jobs in some communication fields such as video production, journalism, and media communication. This program includes required courses in speech, communication theory and mass media, as well as electives in specialized fields such as interpersonal and intercultural communications, journalism, public relations, film studies, and video production. At the same time, this program offers students a solid liberal arts education.

Communication students are encouraged to pursue an experiential component in their studies by participating in a co-op, internship, or service learning project in a communication field.

Graduates are able to:

  • organize and deliver effective oral presentations
  • write clearly, coherently and convincingly
  • recognize and apply basic models of verbal and nonverbal communication
  • recognize where and how communication breaks down
  • recognize and analyze the impact of mass media on society
  • recognize and analyze the communicative power of images, whether in print or on film, video, and television

Students enrolled in associate of arts degree programs who intend to transfer to four-year colleges or universities are strongly advised to discuss the New Jersey General Education Foundation of courses with a counselor. Selection of these courses will facilitate full transfer of general education credits completed toward the degree.

Curriculum – A.A. Degree


First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


  • Science (lab) 4 Credits 3
  • Social Science 3 Credits 1
  • History 3 Credits 1

Fourth Semester


  • Social Science 3 Credits 1
  • History 3 Credits 1
  • Mathematics or Science 0-4 Credits 3,6
  • Communication Specialization Elective 3 Credits 5
  • Free Elective 3 Credits 7

Total Credits 60 - 61


1 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education & Computer Science Electives List  list.

2 Mathematics by official Placement Test. Students may not take courses below placement level. Exceptions by permission of department chair.

3 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education & Computer Science Electives List  list. For the Math, Science and Technological Competency General Education requirements, students must take a minimum of 12 credits. This must include at least one lab science course, one math course and satisfaction of the technological competency requirement by either passing the technological competency test (no credit) or taking a technological competency general education course. If a student passes the technological competency test, another course must be selected from Math, Science or Technological Competency General Education, so that the student has earned at least 12 credits in those categories.

4 A two-semester sequence is required. Placement by examination is required for students who wish to continue studying a language previously studied. Students may not take courses below their placement level. For more information, see Foreign Language Placement & Degree Requirements .

5 Specialization Electives in Communication Studies: ARTS 212 Still Photography I , FILM 101 Art of the Movies: Film Appreciation and Analysis , FILM 122 Survey of American Film , ARTS 267 Introduction to Video Production , ENGL 205 Language, Mind and Society , COMM 254 Introduction to Print, Broadcast and Electronic News Reporting , COMM 255 Feature Writing for Print & Broadcast Media , COMM 110 Interpersonal Communication , COMM 121 Presentation Skills for Business & the Professions , COMM 210 Introduction to Public Relations , COMM 267 Digital Video Production: Narrative & Documentary ,COMM 292 Communication/Speech Cooperative Education I , COMM 130 Events Planning/Meeting Management , ARTS 261 Light, Optics & Lighting , CISY 114 Interactive Multimedia I , ARTS 278 Advanced Video Editing , COMM 251 Writing for the Media ARTH 223 History of Photography ,ARTS 284 News Production for the Web , BUSI 284 News Production for the Web ,COMM 284 News Production for the Web , COMM 120 Introduction to Mass Communication , COMM 135 Event Production .

6 If the student has already completed 12 credits in the Math, Science and Technological Competency categories, the student does not need to take a course here.

7 Any college-level course. A Visual and Performing Arts Studio course is recommended. 

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