Degree Offered: Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 63/64 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

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This program encompasses a broad area of study that includes specific concentrations such as public speaking, interpersonal communication, small group communication, and intercultural communication as well as more applied concentrations in the areas of mass communication and media studies. Designed by the Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee (TAOC), the program allows graduates to seamlessly transfer their credits to select 4-year colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Communication majors may find careers in a variety of fields including broadcast or recorded media, as a writer or editor, or as a photographer or news correspondent.

Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Demonstrate successful oral communication skills.
  2. Demonstrate successful technological communication skills.  
  3. Demonstrate successful team communication skills.



Curriculum - First Year

First Semester - 16 Credits

CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
COMM 210Understanding Media 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 

Second Semester - 16 Credits

COMM 230Team Development 3.00
FILM 101Cinema As Art 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 
 TAOC Category Five - 3 credits 

Curriculum - Second Year

Third Semester - 15/16 Credits

COMM 110Interpersonal Communication 3.00
FINE 105Digital Illustration 3.00
WRIT 201Creative Writing Workshop 3.00
LITR 208Drama Craft 3.00
 TAOC Category 3 - 3/4 credits 
 TAOC Category Five - 3 credits 

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

COMM 120Social Media 3.00
FINE 220Digital Photography 3.00
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
SOCI 231Cultural Diversity in American Soci 3.00
 TAOC Category Six - 3 credits 

Course Descriptions

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3

COMM 210 - Understanding Media

This media literacy course will focus on how after more than a century of electric technology, we have extended our central nervous system itself in a global embrace, abolishing both space and time as far as our planet is conerned. Are we rapidly aproaching the final phase of the extensions of man-the technological simulation of conscieousness as Marshall McLuhan predicts? Will the creative process of knowing be collectively and corporately extended to the whole of human society, much as we have already extended our senses and our nerves by the various media? Students will decide whether the extension of consciousness, so long sought by advertisers for specific products, will be a "good thing". There is little possibility of answeing such questions about the extensions of man without considering all of them together. Any extension, whether of skin, hand, or foot, affects the whole psychic and social complex. Students will finally discuss and establish their own point of view as to how this theoretical extension of consciousness through media will affect their use of it as a Graphic or Digital Media Designer. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

COMM 230 - Team Development

This course provides the student with the understanding and skills necessary to communicate effectively in various group situations. Specifically, the course will prepare the student for intensive team and group interaction that they will experience in both personal and career scenarios. It will also provide a firm foundation of team-oriented theory and practical application, experience in developing group problem-solving skills, and a resource for future use. 3-0-3

FILM 101 - Cinema As Art

The student explores film as an art form. Included are explanations of film production, film genres, themes, trends, and transitions. The course presents fundamentals of critical responses to viewing films as a medium of communication past and present. 3-0-3

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

COMM 110 - Interpersonal Communication

Provides an introduction to the communication process that occurs between people. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, maintain, and evaluate dyadic relationships through language, perception, self-disclosure, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication. Emphasis will be placed on building effective and ethical interpersonal relations in an intercultural context utilizing various media. 3-0-3

FINE 105 - Digital Illustration

This course focuses on basic design principles related to the graphic design and advertising field, including study of principles and elements such as composition, abstraction, color, form, and shapes. Understanding the relationship of elements and development of two-dimensional vector based projects for commercial applications using Adobe Illustrator is also stressed. Emphasis throughour the course is on computer desktop design and production techniques used in contemporary communication processes. 2-2-3

WRIT 201 - Creative Writing Workshop

This course offers intensive work on short stories and sketches with the aim of developing professional writing skills through the practice of different forms and styles. Students will demonstrate communication skills and critical thinking abilities through group analysis of works produced. Emphasis is on encouraging creativity but marketing potentional and ethical responsibility are also considered. 3-0-3 Prerequisite - WRIT101 or permission of the division

LITR 208 - Drama Craft

This course is an introduction to theater arts that includes contemplative play reading, body movement, and acting, and writing of short drama. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

COMM 120 - Social Media

Human social behavior is evolving from face-to-face to cyberspace via social communities and networks. This course will provide answers to the questions pertaining to how media, technology and sociality have affected business and visual communications, marketing and advertising. Students will explore the use of various social media - web forums, blogs, wikis, chat, instant messaging, virtual worlds, twitter, flikr, YouTube and more - - as methods to engage and connect with the consumer. Individuals will develop personal multimedia learning journals and small groups will use social media to produce and present final projects. 3-0-3

FINE 220 - Digital Photography

This course will introduce students to digital photography and photographic image manipulation through the use of digital camera and computer technology. Students will build skills and techniques in digital photography and image processing for digital printing, the web and interactive digital media. Emphasis is placed acquiring digital photographic skills based on proficient and appropriate use of their camera, software and imaging editing tools. Image formatting possibilites are investigated, along with aesthetic/functional aspects of traditional photography techniques. 2-2-3

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

SOCI 231 - Cultural Diversity in American Soci

As reflected in the cultural diversity of the American society, this course examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender/gender roles, social class and sexuality in America from a sociological perspective within both the historical and contemporary context. This course also provides students with the opportunity to engage in a process of systematic self-examination so as to identify both their personal belief system on these topics as well as to explore their impact on the student's sense of identity. 3-0-3