2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Oct 29, 2020  
2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies, Mass Communications, AS

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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.

By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Show introductory knowledge of information literacy in the context of mass media.
  2. Communicate effectively in written and oral contexts, and using credible sources.
  3. Demonstrate introductory knowledge of public relations as a marketing activity.
  4. Prepare a public relations campaign to include research, planning, design, and implementation.
  5. Conduct a journalistic interview.
  6. Write different types of news stories, adapting for content to context, medium, and audience.

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.


Text in italics and parentheses indicates approved course substitutions. Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 60


1Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.

2Students should consult with their academic advisor and check with prospective four-year institutions to determine best options for transfer.

3Students 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 FRE 101 -FRE 102 . Heritage or conversationally fluent Spanish 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.

4Students taking ECO 201  may also be required to take ECO 202 . See your academic advisor.

5Transfer institutions may have computer competency or health/physical education requirements. Students must consult with their academic advisor to determine the best options for transfer.

6Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor, confirm requirements at desired four-year institution, and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.

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