Communication

Instruction as Unique as You - Professor Keith Forrest Instruction as Unique as You - Professor Joy Jones-Carmack

Associate in Arts

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, magazines, 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 five tracks: Communication Arts, Creative Writing, Journalism, Public Relations or Radio/Television/Film.

For information, contact the area coordinator, Dr. Augustine Nigro, at (609)343-5022/anigro@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.
  • View Communication Advising Guide (pdf)

 

Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
ENGL101-Composition I
3
ENGL102-Composition II
3
COMM120-Public Speaking
3
MATH122-College Algebra or higher General Education Mathematics course (MATH220 is recommended)
4

General Education Science course

4
General Education Mathematics or General Education Science course
4
PSYC101-General Psychology
3
SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110 (THEA110 is recommended.)
3
General Education Humanities course
3
Choose ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213 or ENGL214 (ENGL104 is recommended)
3
Choose two: HIST101, HIST102, HIST103 or HIST104
6
Choose ANTH103, ENGL201, GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105, PHIL106, PHIL/RELG111
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
45
PROGRAM COURSES
COMM103-Introduction to Mass Media 
3
COMM104-Introduction to Public Relations
3

CHOOSE A TRACK:

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

 

*COMMUNICATION ARTS TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses:  THEA111-Acting I and any COMM course

History Writing and Theory Courses (choose two): 
COMM209-Journalism I and COMM220-Creative Writing I

OR

COMM105-Television History and COMM126-Film History

Communication Elective: Choose any COMM or TVRF course

*

*CREATIVE WRITING TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses: COMM220-Creative Writing I and COMM221-Creative Writing II

History Writing and Theory Courses (choose two): 

COMM130-Visual Communication, COMM105-Television History or COMM209-Journalism I

Communication Elective (choose one):

COMM107-Popular Music & Radio History, COMM126-Film History, COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing, COMM211-Journalism II or COMM295-Communication Internship

*

*JOURNALISM TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses: COMM209-Journalism I and COMM211-Journalism II

History, Writing and Theory Courses:

 COMM204-Organizational Communication

                              AND

(Choose one) COMM105-Television History or COMM220-Creative Writing

Communication Elective (choose one):

COMM107-Popular Music & Radio History, COMM126-Film History, COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing or COMM295-Communication Internship

*

*PUBLIC RELATIONS TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses: COMM110-Interpersonal Communication and COMM204-Organizational Communication

History Writing and Theory Courses:

COMM209-Journalism I and COMM211-Journalism II

Communication Elective (choose one):

COMM130-Visual Communication, COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing, COMM220-Creative Writing I or COMM295-Communication Internship

*

*RADIO/TELEVISON/FILM TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses:  COMM105-Television History and COMM126-Film History

History Writing and Theory Courses: 

COMM107-Popular Music & Radio History and COMM220-Creative Writing I

Communication Elective (choose one):

COMM130-Visual Communication, COMM204-Organizational Communication, COMM209-Journalism I, COMM221-Creative Writing II, COMM295-Communication Internship, TVRF103-Television Production I, TVRF180-Radio Production I

*
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
21
Computer Literacy
Is fulfilled with CISM125, testing or reviewed departmental portfolio.
 
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE:
66
(COMC) EFFECTIVE FALL 2014