Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Communication Arts, A.A. - Journalism Option

Effective: Fall 2016

The Communication Arts major at Delaware County Community College blends the theoretical with the practical by providing students with a foundation in the study of human communication that prepares them to continue academic study in the field. In particular, students select specialized programs and related electives by choosing one of three degree program options:  Communication Studies, Journalism, or Theatre. When selecting a Communication Arts program option, including courses and electives, the student should consult four-year transfer institution requirements.

The Journalism option is designed for students who wish to continue academic study in journalism, public relations, and/or mass communication. Students contemplating a career in print media, electronic media, photojournalism, or public relations should select this program.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Apply basic theories and principles of human communication.
  • Explain the general theory and practices of mass communication, including media forms.
  • Gather, evaluate, synthesize and accurately present and attribute content (text, images, video or sound) from a variety of sources, according to industry standards.
  • Explain and adhere to important legal and ethical guidelines followed by journalists and public relations practitioners.

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First Semester (15-16 credits)

ENG 100 - English Composition I3
COMM 100 - Interpersonal Communication3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
HIS 110 - American History I3
HIS 120 - American History II3
HIS 150 - World Civilizations I3
HIS 160 - World Civilizations II3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
MAT 120 - Modern College Mathematics3
MAT 121 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
MAT 151 - College Algebra4
MAT 152 - Precalculus4
MAT 160 - Calculus I4
Humanities Elective (foreign language recommended) (3 credits)

Second Semester (15 credits)

ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
ENG 130 - Fundamentals of Journalism I3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
DPR 100 - Introduction to Information Technology3
DPR 101 - Introduction to Computer Science3
Any PSY or SOC course (3 credits)
Humanities Elective (foreign language recommended) (3 credits)

Third Semester (16 credits)

ENG 131 - Fundamentals of Journalism II3
COMM 104 - Introduction to Mass Communication3
Humanities Elective (3 credits)
Program Option Elective (3 credits)
Any transferable Scientific Inquiry designated science course (4 credits)

Fourth Semester (15-16 credits)

Program Option Electives (3 credits)
Humanities Elective (3 credits)
Science or Mathematics Elective (3-4 credits)
Social Science Elective (3 credits)
Open Elective (3 credits)

Program Option Electives: ART 236, COMM 115, ENG 205, ENG 206, IMM 110, IMM 120, IMM 201 

Total Credits: 61-63