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General Studies, Mass Communications Specialization AS

Associate of Science (AS)

T Transfer degrees for accepting institutions Transfer degrees for accepting institutions = Transfer degrees for accepting institutions, see www.jtcc.edu/transfer

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 may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit www.jtcc.edu/placement for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

Printable Advising Sheet

Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1    
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Requirements  
MTH 157 Elementary Statistics 3 See Placement Requirements See Note 2
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking or CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3    
History Elective 3   See Note 3
Laboratory Science Elective 4   See Note 4
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
CST 114 Survey of Mass Media 3    
History Elective 3   See Note 3
Laboratory Science Elective 4   See Note 4
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3   See Note 5
MILESTONE: General Education Certificate (see faculty advisor)
Literature Elective 3 ENG 112 See Note 6
MTH 170 Foundations in Contemporary Mathematics 3 See Placement Requirements See Note 2
MKT 221 Public Relations 3    
PHI 220 Ethics 3    
Transfer Elective 3   See Note 7
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3   See Note 8
Communication Studies and Theatre Elective 3   See Note 9
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3   See Note 5
Transfer Elective 3   See Note 7
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 60  

Notes

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. Students pursuing non-STEM majors (i.e. liberal arts, social sciences, communication, etc.) should take MTH 157 and MTH 170. Please note that students must consult with an advisor since math requirements of different majors vary by program and transfer institution. Students seeking transfer to VCU School of Mass Communications should take MTH 157.
  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 to major in Mass Communications should take HIS 121 and HIS 122.
  4. 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, ENV 121, ENV 122, GOL 105, NAS 125, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 150, PHY 201, PHY 202, PHY 241, and PHY 242.
  5. 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 to major in Mass Communications should take ECO 120 and PLS 135.
  6. The literature requirement can be satisfied by any 200-level English literature course, exclusive of composition and creative writing courses.
  7. See http://www.jtcc.edu/transferelectives for list of Approved Transfer Electives. 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.
  8. Students with good computer skills may seek to satisfy this requirement by CLEP or internal exam.
  9. Students should meet with academic advisors to discuss options.
  10. Related Certificate (C) – General Education
  11. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.

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