Being a part of the Communications Program has done so much to get me closer to my dream. I will forever be grateful for my time at ACC.

Communications: Journalism option (A.S.)

The Journalism Option is intended to give students a foundation of skills in both traditional and new media. Classes emphasize the practical application of interviewing, writing, and editing stories for print, broadcast, and online distribution. The Journalism Option is designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year schools and earn baccalaureate degrees.

Major Requirements
GPA 2.0 required

Number Title Credits
_COM* 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
COM* 121 Journalism I 3
COM* 131 Audio Production 3
COM* 241 Television Production 3
+COM* 295 Internship I
              or
+COM* 191 Radio Practicum (1 credit)
              or
COM* Elective 1-3
+CST* 150 Web Design & Development I 3
DGA* 128 Digital Photography 3
A minimum of nine credits from the following:
ART* 141 Photography I 3
+COM* 122 Sports Reporting 3
COM* 166 Video Filmmaking 3
COM* 200 Social Media Marketing 3
+COM* 232 Advanced Audio Production 3
+COM* 296 Internship II 3
              or
One course from BBG*, BES*, BFN*, BMG*, BMK*, DGA*, THR* designation 3-4
Minimum Total: 28

Foundation Requirements

Humanities:
Number Title Credits
+ENG* 101 Composition (*) 3
   * Minimum “C” grade required
+ENG* 102 Literature & Composition
or
+ENG* 103 Composition II 3
COM* 173 Public Speaking 3

Humanities Elective

Choose one course from:  ART*, CHI*, COM* 101, 121, 152, 171, 173, 204, ENG* (101 or above), FRE*, GRA*, HIS*, HUM*, MUS* 101, 103, PHL*, SPA*, SGN*, THR*

3
Fine Arts Elective:
Number Title Credits

Choose one course from:  ART*, COM* 166, DAN*, DGA* 111, 128,

ENG* 206, 207, 213, 263, 264, 281, 282, 285, 289, MUS*, THR*

3-4

Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Number Title Credits
SOC* 190 Self and Others: Dynamics of Diversity 3

Two electives in this category

Choose two courses from:  ANT*, ECN*, HIS*, POL*, PSY*, SOC*

6
Math and Science:
Number Title Credits
+ A Math Elective above MAT* 100
3-4

A Science Elective

Choose one course from:  AST*, BIO*, CHE*, EVS*, OCE*, PHY*

(For transfer students a lab science is recommended)

3-4
Open Elective:
Number Title Credits
Choose any credit course numbered 100 or above
3-4
Minimum Total: 61

+Prerequisite required

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Communications degree will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills by identifying audiences for various projects, crafting appropriate messages for the defined audience, and creating messages appropriate to the media used;
  • Evaluate print, radio, television, and multimedia messages;
  • Reflect on the use of media messages as tools for self-expression, persuasion, and collaboration;
  • Develop ability to work as part of a team by demonstrating dependability, adaptability, and skill in interpersonal communication;
  • Analyze historic, current, and emerging issues in the communications field;
  • Apply aesthetic values to the creation of audio and visual messages;
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the operation of audio/visual equipment as well as editing software;
  • Identify career opportunities in the communications field and become familiar with opportunities for transfer to four-year colleges and earning a baccalaureate degree;
  • Create a body of work to present to potential employers that demonstrates competency in various modes of communication.

Transfer Opportunities:

Students transfer successfully to the Connecticut State Universities and are able to utilize transfer equivalencies and advising resources. The transfer counselor can always be consulted when transferring.

Employment Information:

The Communications degrees at Asnuntuck Community College are designed with the intention that students will transfer to four-year schools to complete their education. However, students graduating with their Communication associate degree will be prepared for some entry level positions in the communication field.

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Teresa Foley
860.253.3137
tfoley@asnuntuck.edu