Communication Arts , A.A. - Journalism 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 majors take core courses required for the associate in arts degree as well as for the bachelor of arts degree from most transfer institutions. In addition, students select specialized courses and related electives. When selecting Communication Arts electives, the student should consult four-year transfer institution requirements.

 

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 practices of mass communication including explaining media forms.

This option is intended to prepare students for a career in the print media field.  Students contemplating a career in newspaper writing, photojournalism, public relations, and newswriting for the electronic media should elect this option.  Students select from the following courses to meet the Journalism Option.  Requirements: 12 credits


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Program Options

This option is intended to prepare students for a career in print media field. Students contemplating a career in newspaper writing, photojournalism, public relations, and newswriting for the electronic media should select this option.

Students wishing to take Interactive Multimedia (IMM) courses should take DPR 100 (Introduction to Information Technology) or DPR 108 (Introduction to Computer Science) as an open elective in their first and second semester.

Students select from the following courses to meet the Journalism Option requirement: 12 credits
ENG 130 - Fundamentals of Journalism (Required)
ENG 131  - Fundamentals of Journalism (Required)
ENG 205 - Creative Writing
COMM 115 - Introdution to Public Relations
ART 102 - Digital (SLR ) Photography I
ART 103 - Digital (SLR) Photography II
ART 235 - Digital (SLR) Photography III
IMM 110 - Multimedia Graphics and Design
IMM 120 - Web Page Development
IMM 201 - Audio and Video for Multimedia

 

 

 

 

 

First Semester (15-17 credits)

CoursesCredits
ENG 100 - Composition I 3
COMM 100 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
HIS 130 - Western Civilization I 3
Electives
Humanities or Foreign Languages (3 credits) strongly recommended
Science or Mathematics Elective (3-5 credits)

Second Semester (15 credits)

CoursesCredits
ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
HIS 140 - Western Civilization II 3
COMM 104 - Introduction to Mass Communication 3
Electives
Open requirement or Option Elective (3 credits)
Humanities or Foreign Language (3 credit)

Third Semester (15-17 credits)

Electives
Option Requirements or Option Electives (6 credits)
Humanities or Foreign Languages Elective (3 credits)
Social Science Elective (3 credits)
Science or Mathematics Elective (3 - 5 credits)

Fourth Semester (15-17 credits)

Electives
Option Requirement or Option Electives (3 credits)
Humanities or Foreign Language Elective (3 credits)
Social Science Elective (3 credits)
Science or Mathematics Elective (3 credits)
Open Elective (3 credits)
Required CoursesCredits
ENG 130 - Fundamentals of Journalism I 3
ENG 131 - Fundamentals of Journalism II 3
Program ElectivesCredits
ENG 205 - Creative Writing3
COMM 115 - Introduction to Public Relations3
ART 102 - Digital (SLR) Photography I3
ART 103 - Digital (SLR) Photography II3
ART 235 - Digital (SLR) Photography III3
IMM 110 - Multimedia Graphics & Design3
IMM 120 - Web Page Development3
IMM 120 - Web Page Development3
BUS 231 - Principles of Advertising3
Notes:

ENG 130 and ENG 131 are required for the Journalism Option. Select 2 courses (6 credits) from the above list to meet the remainder of the Journalism Option requirements.

Students wishing to take Interactive Multimedia (IMM) courses should take DPR 100 (Introduction to Information Technology) or DPR 108 (Introduction to Computer Science) as an open elective in their first and second semester.

Students may also select from the above courses to meet humanities and open elective requirements. 

Total Credits: 60-66

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