General Studies, Mass Communications Specialization

Associate of Science (A.S.)

Purpose

The associate of science curriculum in general studies with a specialization in mass communications is designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities and seek a bachelor’s degree in communications with a focus on media, advertising, or public relations. This program is intended to provide students with a general course of study that parallels the freshman and sophomore years at most colleges and universities. The courses in this program are specifically selected for ease of transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. Following the prescribed coursework in this program will result in graduation with the associate of science degree (A.S.). Students should consult with their advisors to ensure that they select general electives that best prepare them for the specific requirements of their intended transfer college or university programs of study.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placements tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking or CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 See Note 1.
MTH 158 College Algebra or MTH 163 Precalculus I 3 MTH 164, MTH 170, MTH 173. See Note 2.
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
History Elective 3 See Note 3.
Total Credits 16  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CST 114 Survey of Mass Media 3  
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
MTH 240 Statistics 3 MTH 158, MTH 164, MTH 170, MTH 173. See Note 2.
History Elective 3 See Note 3.
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Note 4.
Total Credits 15  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
MKT 221 Public Relations 3  
PHI 220 Ethics 3  
Transfer Elective 3 See www.jtcc.edu/transferelectives and Note 5.
Laboratory Science Elective 4 See Note 6.
Literature Elective 3 See Note 7.
Total Credits 16  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Transfer Elective 3 See www.jtcc.edu/transferelectives and Note 5.
Communication Studies and Theatre Elective 3 See Note 8.
Laboratory Science Elective 4 See Note 6.
Physical Education/Health Elective 1  
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Note 4.
Total Credits 14  
Total Credits For Program 61  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Students with good computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP.
  2. Students may elect to take MTH 158 and MTH 240 or MTH 163 and MTH 240 as minimum preparation for transfer.
  3. The history elective requirements can be satisfied by the following courses: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 122 or any other HIS course approved by the student’s advisor. Students seeking transfer to VCU School of Mass Communications should take HIS 121 and HIS 122.
  4. The social/behavioral sciences elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, PLS, HIS, PSY (except PSY 100), and SOC. Students seeking transfer to VCU should take ECO 120 and PLS 135.
  5. Students should meet with academic advisors to determine best options for transfer and check with intended transfer institution(s) regarding foreign language requirements. Students seeking transfer to VCU should take ENG 210.
  6. The laboratory science requirement can be satisfied by the following courses: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 110, BIO 120, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 111, CHM 112, CHM 129, CHM 130, ENV 121, ENV 122, GOL 105, NAS 125, NAS 130, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 201, PHY 202, PHY 241, and PHY 242
  7. The literature requirement can be satisfied by any 200-level English literature course, exclusive of composition and creative writing courses.
  8. Students should meet with academic advisors to discuss options.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: 804-706-5086 (Chester) or 804-594-1509 (Midlothian).

2014-2015 College Catalog & Student Handbook

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