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General Studies, Mass Communications Specialization AS

The template below is for students declaring a major for the catalog year 2018-19. The Advising Sheet Archive contains printable advising sheets for the catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Students already with a declared major should view their advising report in SIS for appropriate course selection.

Associate of Science (AS)

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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 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.


printer iconPrintable 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 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3 See Placement Requirements See Note 2
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3    
HIS 121 United States History I 3    
Laboratory Elective (choose 1)
BIO 101 General Biology I
CHM 101 Intro to Chemistry I
ENV 121 Gen Environmental Science I
PHY 101 Intro to Physics I
4   See Note 2
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
CST 114 Survey of Mass Media 3    
SPA 101 Beginning Spanish I or
FRE 101 Beginning French I or
Approved Elective
HIS 122 United States History I 3   See Note 3
Laboratory Elective (choose 1):
BIO 102 General Biology II
CHM 101 Intro to Chemistry I
ENV 121 Gen Environmental Science I
PHY 101 Intro to Physics I
4 See Placement Requirements See Note 2
PLS 135 American National Politics 3    
ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I or
ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II
3 ENG 112  
MTH 245 Statistics I 3 See Placement Requirements See Note 2
SPA 102 Beginning Spanish II or
FRE 102 Beginning French II or
Approved Elective
3-4   See Note 3
ART 180 Intro to Computer Graphics or
ART 208 Video Techniques or
PHT 164 Intro to Digital Photography
3   See Note 2
CST 221 Public Relations 3    
CST 295 Writing Across Media 3    
ECO 120 Survey of Economics or
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
Approved Elective (choose 1):
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics
HLT 160 Personal Health and Fitness
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or
ITE 119 Information Literacy
PHI 220 Ethics
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology
REL 230 Religions of the World
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology
3   See Note 2
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 60  


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. Students should consult with their academic advisor and check with prospective four-year institutions to determine best options for transfer.
  3. Students who completed three years of the same foreign language in high school have met the foreign language requirement and must take two courses from the Approved Electives list instead of SPA or French 101-102. Heritage or conversationally fluent speakers may enroll directly into SPA or FRE 102. Please check with your advisor to determine the best option(s) for course substitution or if you wish to take a foreign language other than Spanish or French.
  4. Students taking ECO 201 may also be required to take ECO 202. See your academic advisor.
  5. Transfer institutions may have computer competency or health/physical education requirements. Students must consult with their academic advisor to determine the best options for transfer.
  6. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.

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