Communication

Associate in Arts

Communication

The Communication degree helps prepare students to work in the communication industry or to successfully transfer to four-year schools. The program provides opportunities to learn about careers within communication including television, radio, film, public relations, recordings, magazines, publishing, advertising, newspapers, and new media. Courses in the program are taught from a real-world perspective and emphasize the development of strong writing skills, one of the most important ingredients to success in the communication field.  Students choose a specialization within the Communication degree following one of three tracks: Creative Writing, Journalism/Public Relations, or Radio/Television/Film. Students may also gain additional real-world experience by taking an optional three-credit internship in communication with Communication Fieldwork (COMM295).

For more information, contact faculty advisor, Keith Forrest at (609) 343-4994 /kforrest@atlantic.edu.

Upon completion of the Communication program, students will be able to:

  • Appraise the media’s influence on politics, purchases, entertainment, and how it affects the culture in shaping beliefs and attitudes;
  • Apply the public relations process to planning, research, writing and analysis;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and human communication by applying audience analysis, listening, and other techniques to real-world exchanges;
  • Create effective journalistic and creative writing works utilizing industry techniques and procedures.

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Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - 45 credits
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
Communication (9 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
    COMM120-Public Speaking
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (12 credits)  
    MATH220-Statistical Methods
4
    General Education Science course
4
    General Education Mathematics or General Education Science course
4
Social Science (6 credits)  
    PSYC101-General Psychology
3
    SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Humanities (9 credits)  
    Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110 
3
    General Education Humanities course
3
    Choose two: ENGL201, ENGL202, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214 
3
History (6 credits)  
    Choose two: HIST101, HIST102, HIST103 or HIST104
6
Diversity (3 credits)  
    Choose ANTH103, ENGL201, ENGL202, GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105,   PHIL106, PHIL/RELG111
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
45
PROGRAM COURSES - 15 credits
    Program Requirements (6 credits)
    COMM103-Introduction to Mass Media 
3
    COMM104-Introduction to Public Relations
3

    Program Electives (9 credits)

    Choose a Track:                                                                                                                        (Before selecting a sequence, meet with your advisor to ensure your choice aligns with your          academic goals.)

9

    CREATIVE WRITING TRACK 

    COMM220-Creative Writing I and COMM221-Creative Writing II

    Choose: COMM105-Television History, COMM107-Popular Music & Radio History, or COMM126-      Film History

    JOURNALISM/PUBLIC RELATIONS TRACK 

    COMM209-Journalism I and COMM211-Journalism II

    Choose: COMM105-Television History, COMM107-Popular Music & Radio History, or COMM126-      Film History

 

    RADIO/TELEVISION/FILM TRACK 

    COMM105-Television History and COMM126-Film History

    COMM107-Popular Music & Radio History

TOTAL PROGRAM & TRACK CREDITS
15
Technological Competency: 0-3 Credits
(Is fulfilled with CISM125, testing or reviewed departmental portfolio)
 
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE:
60
(COMC) EFFECTIVE FALL 2019  

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES FOR EACH TRACK:

CREATIVE WRITING TRACK - Recommended Sequence of Courses

Course Code Course Name Course Credits

CREATIVE WRITING TRACK

Recommended Sequence of Courses

First Semester   (16 credits)

 

COMM103

Introduction to Mass Media

3

COMM120

Public Speaking

3

ENGL101

Composition I

3

MATH220

Statistical Methods

4

PSYC101

General Psychology

3

Second Semester  (16 credits)

 

COMM104

Introduction to Public Relations

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

Choose

COMM105, COMM107, or COMM126

3

Choose

General Education Science course

4

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Third Semester  (15 credits)

 

COMM220

Creative Writing I

3

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Choose

ANTH103, ENGL201, ENGL202 GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105, PHIL106, or PHIL111

3

Choose

ENGL201, ENGL202, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Choose

ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110

3

Fourth Semester   (13 credits)

COMM221

Creative Writing II

3

SOCL101

Principles of Sociology

3

Choose

ENGL201, ENGL202, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Gen Ed

Mathematics or Science course

4

JOURNALISM TRACK - Recommended Sequence of Courses

Course Code Course Name Course Credits

First Semester

 (16 credits)

COMM103

Introduction to Mass Media

3

COMM120

Public Speaking

3

ENGL101

Composition I

3

PSYC101

General Psychology

3

MATH220

Statistical Methods

4

Second Semester

 (16 credits)

COMM104

Introduction to Public Relations

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

CHoose

COMM105, COMM107, or COMM126

3

Choose

General Education Science course

4

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Third Semester

 (15 credits)

COMM209

Journalism I

3

Choose

ENGL201, ENGL202, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Choose

ANTH103, ENGL201, ENGL202, GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105, PHIL106, or PHIL111

3

Choose

ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110

3

Fourth Semester

 (13 credits)

COMM209

Journalism I

3

SOCL101

Principles of Sociology

3

Choose

ENGL201, ENGL202, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Gen Ed

Mathematics or Science course

4

RADIO/TELEVISION/FILM TRACK - Recommended Sequence of Courses

Course Code Course Name Course Credits

First Semester 

 (16 credits)

COMM103

Introduction to Mass Media

3

COMM120

Public Speaking

3

ENGL101

Composition I

3

PSYC101

General Psychology

3

MATH220

Statistical Methods

4

Second Semester

 (16 credits)

COMM104

Introduction to Public Relations

3

COMM105

Television History

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

Choose

General Education Science course

4

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Third Semester 

 (15 credits)

COMM126

Film History

3

Choose

ENGL201, ENGL202, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Choose

ANTH103, ENGL201, ENGL202, GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105, PHIL106, or PHIL111

3

Choose

ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110

3

Fourth Semester

 (13 credits)

COMM107

Popular Music & Radio History

3

SOCL101

Principles of Sociology

3

Choose

ENGL201, ENGL202, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Gen Ed

Mathematics or Science course

4