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Mass Media


Mass Media leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. This program offers students the opportunity to study the form, content, history and issues related to mass media while learning the skills necessary to produce basic content for mass media outlets including, print, online, and broadcast. The study of mass media will also develop students' critical thinking skills as they learn how to effectively discuss and analyze how society interacts with mass media.

This program is primarily designed for students seeking transfer to four-year institutions to study Mass Media, Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations and Communication. Additionally, the skills learned here could be used to gain entry-level positions as creators and distributors of mass media content in smaller media organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history, theories and practical applications of mass media.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theories and principles of communication in various contexts.
  • Display basic proficiency in writing for mass media.
  • Display basic proficiency in the production of mass media.
  • Adapt as professionals in the rapidly changing field of mass media.
  • Explain the legal and ethical issues of communication and of creating and distributing information through mass media.

Program Entry Requirements:

The Program is open to interested students. New students are normally required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 61 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 (C average) are required for graduation.

Mass Media Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or above1   3 Mathematics
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
ENGL 114 - Introduction to Speech Communication ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  
Social Science Elective2   3 Social Sciences

Second Semester

ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102 & Info Lit.
Lab Science   4 Natural Science
ENGL 107 - Society and Mass Communications ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  
General Elective2   3  

Third Semester

ENGL 122 - Writing for Mass Media ENGL 101 3  
Humanities Elective2   3 Humanities
General Elective2   3  
PHOT 151 - Digital Imaging   3  
Directed Elective2 (Choose one of the following) Engl 112, 117, 118, 120, 131, 132, 137 any 200 level Engl, or Phot 104, 217, or Art 101, 125, 150, 151, or CIS 130, 230 ENGL 101 for ENGL 205, 206, 211, 212, 221, 222, 230, 232, 241, 245, 246, 250, 251, 256, 260, 271 and 272
ENGL 131 for ENGL 132, ENGL 205 for ENGL 210, 280, 281 and 282, ENGL 102 or 205 for ENGL 283 PHOT 152 for 217, ART 125 and 150 for ART 151
CIS 130 for CIS 230

Fourth Semester

ENGL 124 - Introduction to Mass Media Design Engl 107 Prerequisite,
Phot 151 which may be taken concurrently
General Elective2   3  
Directed Elective2 (see above list   3  
Directed Elective2 (see above list)   3  
General Elective2   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 61

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Interpretive Studies requirement, Writing Intensive requirement and American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Interpretive Studies, one course that is designated Writing Intensive, and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one requirement. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

1To ensure appropriate transfer credit, math courses should be selected with an advisor.

2 General electives and directed electives should be chosen in consultation with an advisor based on student's academic and career goals, as well as specific requirements of transfer institutions.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751 8010.