Communication Arts, A.A. - Communication Studies Option

This curriculum is designed for students who wish to continue academic study in the field of communication including, but not limited to, theatre, journalism, public relations, advertising, interpersonal communication, corporate communication and mass communication. The Communication Arts major at Delaware County Community College blends the theoretical with the practical. Students must choose an option within the major: theatre, journalism or communication studies.

All Communication Arts students are required to take the general education core courses listed below. These courses are necessary for transfer since they form the basis for all Communication Arts degree requirements. In addition, students select 12 credits from those courses required or recommended for the students' chosen option.  When carefully chosen, the general humanities, social science, science/math and open electives provide the foundation necessary for success in an advanced transfer program.

 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Apply the basic theory and principles of human communication.
  • Communicate effectively using critical thinking and organization.
  • Describe the moral and ethical responsibilities inherent in the application of communication theory across a variety of contexts.
  • Gain an understanding of the general theory and practice of mass communication including explaining media forms.

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Program Options

Students electing the Communication Studies Option will focus their studies on how people use messages to generate meaning. These messages are studied in a variety of contexts, cultures, and media. The degree option is designed to prepare students for further study at the baccalaureate level and/or for career enhancement. Students select from the following courses to meet the Communication Studies Option requirement: 12 credits

Choose two of the three courses below (6 credits):
COMM 111 Public Speaking or
COMM 102 Intercultural Communication or
COMM 105 Small Group Communication

Choose any two courses from this list (6 credits)
COMM 115 Introduction to Public Relations
COMM 200 Argumentation and Debate
HUM 141 Film Language
HUM 142 American Cinema
BUS 230 Principles of Marketing
BUS 231 Principles of Advertising

Apart from the courses taken to fulfill the degree option, students may select from the above courses to meet humanities and open elective requirements.

First Semester (16 credits)

CoursesCredits
ENG 100 - Composition I 3
COMM 100 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
Electives
HIS Electives - select from HIS 110, 120, 130, 140, 150 or 160 - 3 credits
Humanities - foreign language recommended - 3 credits
Laboratory Science - 4 credits

Second Semester (15-16 credits)

CoursesCredits
ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
Electives
HIS elective - select from HIS 110, 120,130, 140, 150 or 160 - 3 credits
MAT 100, 120 or above - 3-4 credits
Open Requirement or Option Elective 3
Humanities (foreign language recommended) 3 credits

Third Semester (15-16 credits)

CoursesCredits
COMM 104 - Introduction to Mass Communication 3
Electives
Option Requirements or Option Electives 3 credits
Humanities ( foreign language recommended) 3 credits
Social Science Elective - 3 credits
Math/Science Elective - 3-4 credits

Fourth Semester (15 credits)

Electives
Option Requirements or Option Electives - 6 credits
Humanities foreign language recommended - 3 credits
Social Science Elective - 3 credits
Open Elective - 3 credits
Required CoursesCredits
ENG 100 - Composition I 3
ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
COMM 100 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 104 - Introduction to Mass Communication 3
Notes:

HIS Electives: Choose two from HIS 110, 120, 130,140, 150 and 160 (6 credits)
Humanities Elective (Foreign Language courses strongly recommended) (12 credits)
MAT 100, 120 or above (3-4 credits)
Laboratory Science (4 credits)
Math/Science Elective (3-4 credits)
Social Science Electives (6 credits)
Open Elective (3 credits)

Total Credits: 61-63