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Mass Media

Description:

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.

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 114 - Introduction to Speech Communication   3 credits  
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
For MATH 161: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better
3 credits Mathematics
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 credits Tech Comp
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
  3 credits Social Sciences Interpretive Studies
American/Global Diversity
Writing Intensive

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 & Info Lit.
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemistry or
BIOL 106 - General Biology I
  4 credits Natural Science
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  
ENGL 107 - Society and Mass Communications ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  
ENGL 205 - Creative Writing or
ART 101 - Visual Communication or
PHIL111 - Critical Thinking or any foreign language
For ENGL 205: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits Humanities

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 122 - Writing for Mass Media ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  
PHOT 151 - Digital Imaging   3 credits  
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis or MATH 152 - Probability or
MATH 161 - Precalculus I * or
ECON 112 - Statistics I
For MATH 150, MATH 152, and ECON 112: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better or placement in MATH 161 or higher 
For MATH 161: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better
3 credits  
ENGL 271 - The Language of Film or
ENGL 272 - Topics in Film Study
ENGL 101 with a grade "C" or better 3 credits  
ENGL 117 – Group and Team Communication or
ENGL 118 -Intercultural Communication or
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation or
ENGL 131 - Acting I
ENGL 132 - Acting II
ENGL 214 - Communication Theory
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production or
CIS 130 - Web Page Design I
For ENGL 117: ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently
For ENGL 132: ENGL 131 or permission of the department head
For ENGL 214: ENGL 115 with a grade of "C" or better and ENGL 107 or ENGL 116 with a grade of "C" or better 
For CIS 130: CIS 103
3 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 124 - Intro to Mass Media Design ENGL 107 must be taken prior and PHOT 151 may be taken concurrently 3 credits  
ENGL 117 – Group and Team Communication or
ENGL 118 - Society and Mass Communication or
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation or
ENGL 131 - Acting I or
ENGL 132 - Acting II or
ENGL 214 - Communication Theory or
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production or
CIS 130 - Web Page Design I
For ENGL 117ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently
For ENGL 132: ENGL 131 or permission of the department head 
For ENGL 214: ENGL 115 with a grade of "C" or better and ENGL 107 or ENGL 116 with a grade of "C" or better 
For CIS 130: CIS 103
3 credits  
ENGL 117 – Group and Team Communication or
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communications or
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation or
ENGL 131 - Acting I or
ENGL 132 - Acting II 
ENGL 214 - Communication Theory 
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production or 
CIS 130 - Web Page Design I
For ENGL 117: ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently
For ENGL 132: ENGL 131 or permission of the department head 
For ENGL 214: ENGL 115 with a grade of "C" or better and ENGL 107 or ENGL 116 with a grade of "C" or better
For CIS 130: CIS 103
3 credits  
ANTH 202 - Gender Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century or
PSYC 202 - Human Sexuality or
PSYC 215 - Developmental Psychology or
SOC 212 - Sociology of Marriage and Family
For ANTH 202: ENGL 101, plus one of the following: ANTH 101, ANTH 112 or SOC 101
For PSYC 202: PSYC 101
For PSYC 215: PSYC 101 or BIOL 109
For SOC 212: 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 or Second foreign language
For ENGL 282: ENGL 205
For ENGL 283: ENGL 102 or ENGL 205
3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

61

* MATH 161 is recommended for students pursuing STEM interests.
**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.

 

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.