Associate in Arts Degree

This program provides a foundation of skills and knowledge in communication and media as well as a solid core of liberal arts courses.The program is primarily designed for students intending to transfer to a bachelor degree program in communication or media, or a related field such as writing, public relations, journalism, advertising,organizational or corporate communications. It can also prepare students for employment in fields where communication skills and knowledge are valuable.

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Graduation Checklist

Communications Degree – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.

Communication by Degree Requirements

Communication Skills Requirements 12 Credits
+ ENG*101 Composition 3
+ COM*173 Public Speaking 3
Advanced Writing Electives (choose two courses from below):

COM*111 Scriptwriting

COM*226 Journalism I

ENG*102 Literature and Composition

+ ENG*200 Advanced Composition

+ ENG*202 Technical Writing

ENG*281 Creative Writing

6
Media Communication Requirements 15 Credits
COM*101 Intro. to Mass Communication 3
COM*203 Media Literacy or COM*154 Film Study and Appreciation 3
COM*142 TV Production or

DGA*101 Introduction to Digital Arts or

DGA*110 Computer Graphics

3
Communications or Digital Arts Elective 6
General Education/Liberal Arts Requirements 21-23 Credits
Mathematics Elective (MAT*137 or higher) 3-4
Science Elective 3-4
Social Science Elective 3
History Elective 3
Literature Elective 3
Philosophy Elective 3
Fine Arts Elective (Art, Music or Theatre) 3
Open Electives +++ 12
Total Credits:
60-62

Communication by Semester

Full-time students should follow the four-semester sequence listed below in order to graduate from this program in two years.

First Semester 15 Credits
ENG*101 Composition 3
COM*101 Introduction to Mass Communications 3
Fine Arts Elective (Art, Music, or Theatre) 3
Social Science Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Second Semester 15-16 Credits
Mathematics Elective (MAT*137 or higher) + 3-4
COM*173 Public Speaking 3
COM*203 Media Literacy or COM*154 Film Study and Appreciation 3
COM*142 TV Production or

DGA*101 Intro to Digital Arts or

DGA*110 Computer Graphics

3
Open Elective 3
Third Semester 15 Credits
Writing Elective (COM*111 Scriptwriting or

COM*226 Journalism I or

ENG*102 Literature & Composition or

ENG*200 Adv. Composition or

ENG*202 Technical Writing or

ENG*281 Creative Writing)

3
Communication or Digital Arts Elective 3
Literature Elective++ 3
History Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Fourth Semester 15-16 Credits
Writing Elective

(COM*111 Scriptwriting or

COM*226 Journalism I or

ENG*102 Literature & Composition or

ENG*200 Adv. Composition or

ENG*202 Technical Writing or

ENG*281 Creative Writing)

 

 

 

Communication or Digital Arts Elective 3
Science Elective 3-4
Philosophy Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Total Credits:
60 – 62

ENG 200-Advanced Writing is a specific requirement at some transfer institutions, e.g. SCSU. Check your transfer institute requirements carefully.

A 200-level literature is usually required for a bachelor’s degree which has an intro literature prerequisite. ENG*102(included in the Adv. Writing options above) may fulfill the prerequisite for this degree.

* At least two semesters of foreign language are required by many bachelor degree programs. Check your transfer institution for verification and additional requirements.

+ Most Bachelor degree programs require a math higher than MAT*137; some programs require specific math courses; check your transfer institution carefully.