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Communication Studies

Description:

The Communication Studies program leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. The program gives students a concentration in the field of communication studies with a liberal arts foundation. The program is primarily intended for students seeking transfer to a four-year institution, although some graduates may plan on immediately entering the work force as communications professionals.

Surveys of employers conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the federal report, 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs, both stress the importance of interpersonal and professional communication competence as critical to success in virtually all fields.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking and communication competence by recognizing multiple choices in a given communication situation and making choices that lead to achieving specific goals.
  • Apply the basic theories and principles of communication to one’s lived experience in various contexts.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal communication, small group communication, public speaking, and public communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical communication, with an ability to communicate in ways that promote dialogue within a context of diversity.

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 complete satisfactorily 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.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits ENGL 101
ENGL 116 - Interpersonal Communication ENGL 101may be taken concurrently 3 credits  Humanities Gen Ed Requirement
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design or
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis or
MATH 161 - Precalculus I *
For MATH 137: FNMT 017 or placement in FNMT 118 or higher
For MATH 150: FNMT 118 ready
3 credits Mathematics
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 credits Tech Comp
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology
  3 credits Social Science

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits ENGL 102 and Info Lit
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemistry
  4 credits Lab Science
ENGL 107 - Society and Mass Communications ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  Writing Intensive
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  
ENGL 205 - Creative Writing or
PHIL 111 - Critical Thinking or
PHIL 211 - Ethical Problems or
PHIL 215 - Social and Political Philosophy or
any foreign language
For ENGL 205: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication   3 credits  American/Global Diversity
ENGL 221 - Survey of American Literature: From the Beginnings to the Civil War or
ENGL 222 - Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Present or
ENGL 245 - World Literature: From Antiquity to 1500 or
ENGL 246 - World Literature: From 1500 to the Present or
ENGL 250 - African-American Literature I or
ENGL 251 - African-American Literature II or
ENGL 260 - Women in Literature
ENGL 101, with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits Interpretive Studies
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis or
MATH 152 - Probability or
MATH 161 - Precalculus I or
ECON 112 - Statistics I
For MATH 150, MATH 152 or MATH 161: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement in MATH 161 or higher
For ECON 112: FNMT 118 or placement in MATH 161 or higher
3 or 4 credits  
ENGL 114 - Introduction to Speech Communication or
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation or
ENGL 122 - Writing for Mass Media or
ENGL 131 - Acting I or
ENGL 132 - Acting II or
ENGL 137 - Introduction to Theater or
ENGL 271 - The Language of Film or
ENGL 272 - Topics in Film Study **
For ENGL 114: ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently
For ENGL 122, ENGL 271, and ENGL 272ENGL 101
For ENGL 132: ENGL 131, or permission of the department head
3 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 214 - Communication Theory ENGL 115 with a grade of "C" or better and ENGL 107 or ENGL 116 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  
Directed Elective (choose two)**:
ENGL 114 - Introduction to Speech Communication or
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation or
ENGL 122 - Writing for Mass Media or
ENGL 131 - Acting I or
ENGL 132 - Acting II or
ENGL 137 - Introduction to Theater or
ENGL 271 - The Language of Film or
ENGL 272 - Topics in Film Study
For ENGL 122, ENGL 271, and ENGL 272ENGL 101with a grade of "C" or better
For ENGL 132: ENGL 131, or permission of the department head
6 credits  
ANTH 202 - Gender Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective or
PSYC 202 - Human Sexuality or
PSYC 215 - Developmental Psychology or
SOC 212 - Sociology of Marriage and Family  or
SOC 231 - Social Problems
For ANTH 202: ENGL 101 and ANTH 101 or ANTH 112 or SOC 101 
For PSYC 202: PSYC 101
For PSYC 215: PSYC 101 or BIOL 109
For SOC 212 and 231: SOC 101 or ANTH 112
3 credits  
ENGL 282 - Scriptwriting or
ENGL 283 - Nonfiction Writing: Memoir and Literary Journalism or
PHIL 111 - Critical Thinking or
PHIL 211 - Ethical Problems or
PHIL 215 - Social and Political Philosophy
For ENGL 282: ENGL 205
For ENGL 283: ENGL 102 or ENGL 205
3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

61

*For appropriate transfer credit, math courses should be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Second math course recommended for transfer.
**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. Students planning to transfer should strongly consider taking a Math class above FNMT 118 as a general elective.

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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.