Communication Studies A.A.


As part of the consolidation of Connecticut’s Community Colleges, Middlesex Community College and The Center for New Media will be transitioning our programs and courses to the new consolidated college, CT State, beginning with the Fall 2023 semester.  All currently existing Middlesex Community College programs will end in summer 2023.

All “Digital Media Production” associates degrees and certificates will become “New Media Production” retaining the same specialization areas, e.g., Audio & Music, Film & Video, etc.  The Communication Studies degree will keep the same name but have minor changes to program requirements. A new Communication degree will be available at the Middlesex campus with specializations in Journalism and Media Production.  A new associates degree program in music production called, Music Industry, will also be available at the Middlesex campus.

All courses will have new numbers and some courses will have changes to the titles. Some courses currently classified as “Communication” (COM) will convert to NMP (New Media Production).

Degree requirements for the new CT State programs are available on the CT State draft catalog (link below).  There will also be crosswalk documents available to help students transition from the current Middlesex programs to the new CT State programs. Students are strongly encouraged to confer with an advisor regarding transitioning to the new one college.

All students should have their Middlesex transcripts automatically converted to new CT State transcripts so they can seamlessly continue their education.

A draft of the new CT State catalog is available here.

You are strong in writing and communication skills. You work well with others and like to meet new people. Take the first step today with the associate’s degree in Communication Studies at MxCC. You can start your career in the exciting fields of communication and media with the associate’s degree in Communication Studies program at Middlesex Community College. MxCC’s program lays the foundation for work in writing, public relations, journalism, advertising, or media. Students can transfer to a bachelor’s degree program for more specialized study or join the workforce in entry level communication positions.

greenpixel Communication Studies A.A. (csu transfer pathway)

The Communication Studies 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. The associate’s degree in Communication Studies program typically takes students two years to complete.  It is compiled of 60-62 credits that will give students a strong foundation in communication and media as well as a solid core of liberal arts courses. This program will provide students intending to transfer to a bachelor degree program with valuable education, experience, and skills.

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This program is a Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Transfer Pathway Degree.

Pathway degrees (aka “Transfer Tickets”) are new degree programs providing a pathway for community college students to complete degree programs that transfer to Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western) and Charter Oak State College without losing any credit or being required to take extra credits in order to complete a bachelor’s degree in that same discipline. You will be able to transfer, apply to competitive admissions majors, and complete your BA/BS degree in the same time and with the same course requirements as students who start at a CSU or COSC.


Most graduates holding associate degrees will be seeking entry-level positions, which pay about $25,000 per year, depending on several factors. Pay increases with the employee’s level of education and experience. Often students find employment after graduation through their student internship experiences.

National Average Salaries for the year 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Public Relations Specialist – $74,999
Photographers – $34,999
Media and Communications Workers – $54,999
Reporters and Correspondents – $54,999
Writers and Authors – $74,999
Technical Writers – $74,999

The overall job outlook in this field is favorable, although competition is strong for positions at all levels. For the latest, detailed salary information, visit:


greenpixel The Flying Horse

The Flying Horse is the official student-run newspaper at MxCC, published regularly during the fall and spring semesters. Students interested in contributing articles should contact newspaper advisor John Shafer.