Communication

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 six tracks: Communication Arts, Creative Writing, Journalism, Public Relations, Radio Production or Television Production.

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 or TVRF course

History Writing and Theory Courses (choose two): 
COMM209-Journalism I, COMM220-Creative Writing I or COMM105-Television 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): 

COMM209-Journalism I, COMM105-Television History or TVRF230-Visual Communication

Communication Elective (choose one):

TVRF103-Television Production I, TVRF180-Radio Production I, TVRF225-New Media Studies, COMM211-Journalism II or COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing

*

*JOURNALISM TRACK (15 credits)

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

History, Writing and Theory Courses (choose one from each group):

COMM110-Interpersonal Communication or COMM204-Organizational Communication

                              AND

COMM105-Television History or COMM220-Creative Writing

Communication Elective (choose one):

TVRF103-Television Production I, TVRF180-Radio Production I, COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing or TVRF225-New Media Studies

*

*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):

TVRF103-Television Production I, TVRF180-Radio Production I,

TVRF225-New Media Studies, or COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing

*

*RADIO PRODUCTION TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses:  TVRF180-Radio Production I and TVRF280-Radio Production II

History Writing and Theory Courses (choose two): 

COMM105-Television History, COMM209-Journalism I or COMM220-Creative Writing I

Communication Elective (choose one):

THEA111-Acting I, COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing, COMM211-Journalism II, or COMM221-Creative Writing II

*

*TELEVISION PRODUCTION TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses: TVRF103-Television Production I and TVRF203-Television Production II

History Writing and Theory Courses (choose two):

COMM105-Television History, COMM209-Journalism I or COMM220-Creative Writing I

Communication Elective (choose one):

THEA111-Acting I, COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing, COMM211-Journalism II, or COMM221-Creative Writing II

*
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
21
Computer Literacy
Is fulfilled with CISM125, testing or reviewed departmental portfolio.
 
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE:
66
(COMC) EFFECTIVE FALL 2011