Communications Track (LAC)

A Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Become exposed to the field of communications and a variety of mass media subject areas. Courses such as Mass Media, Digital Photography, Journalism, Film Appreciation, and Electronic Page Layout provide an excellent overview of the communications field and a solid foundation for transfer to more specialized communications programs at four-year colleges and universities. Students will benefit from hands-on involvement in the college’s newspaper, learning communities within the concentration, and service learning/civic engagement opportunities that provide direct experience.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
MAT143 or

MAT163

Statistics or

Pre-calculus (or higher)

4

    MAT096 or placement

MAT134 or placement

BCT105 Introduction to Mass Media

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG241 Journalism I: Media Writing

 

3

    Co-requisite: ENG101 or permission of division dean
  Lab Science Elective

4

    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
ENG102 English Composition II

3

    ENG101
SPC113 Speech

3

    ENG101
  Humanities Elective

3

    Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE
PHO115 Introduction to Digital Photography

3

    Basic computer skills
  Lab Science Elective

4

    Note: See above Lab Science Electives
PER126/130 Health, Fitness, and Wellness

Elective

2/3

    Prerequisites: FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

Note: PER130 is recommended for transfer

  Communication Elective

3

    Electives: BCT110, BCT112, BCT208, CGD104, CGD240, ENG106, ENG242, ENG245, ENG251, MKT142, MKT241, PHO215
CGD110 Introduction to Animation

3

    Basic computer skills; FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  Non-behavioral Social Science

Elective

3

    Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC
  Literature Elective

3

    Electives: ENG201, 203, 205, 210, 213, 214, 221, 224, 227, 228, 233, 235, 236, 237, 259, 260, 261
  Non-behavioral Social Science

Elective (designated culturally

diverse course)

3

    Electives: GEO129, HIS105, HIS106, HIS125
  Literature Elective (designated

culturally diverse course)

3

    Electives: ENG236, 237, 261, 265
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CGD107 Developing Business Graphics

3

    Prerequisite: Basic computer skills
ISC210 Critical Thinking

3

    Prerequisites: ENG102, completion of 45 credits or permission of dean

Note: Capstone Course

  Behavioral Social Science Elective

3

    Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
                                                       Total: 65/66 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed online or during the day or evening at the Gardner Campus.

Helpful hints: Frequent academic and career advising sessions with faculty in the communications field are highly recommended. Cooperative education, volunteer, and service learning experiences will improve student portfolios for transfer.

Transfer options: This program qualifies for MassTransfer (see page 45 for more information). For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

This communications concentration closely parallels the general education curricula of the first two years required by most four-year colleges and universities.

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: After earning a bachelor’s degree, students can pursue communications careers in journalism, electronic media, advertising, and graphic design fields.

Program Competencies for LAC, LAEL, LAER, LAS, LAX, LAHP, and LAT

Upon graduation from these programs, students shall have the ability to:

  • Formulate clear and precise questions about complex problems and ideas relevant to a variety of disciplines—math, science, the humanities, and the social sciences—and gather, assess, and interpret information to arrive at well-reasoned conclusions and solutions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of complex written texts that demand an appreciation of subtext, irony, metaphor, and the subtlety and nuances of language.
  • Successfully complete a substantial research paper that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research question, conduct research using the library’s databases, and synthesize information from a variety of sources into a cohesive and in-depth analysis of a topic.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historic, social, and cultural backgrounds necessary for understanding their own and other societies with an emphasis on important ideas and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, their world.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy, which can be defined as the matrix of knowledge needed to understand enough about the universe to deal with issues that come across the horizon of the average citizen, in the news or elsewhere.
  • Demonstrate a broad exposure to, and an understanding of, the differences and similarities in the various academic disciplines within their Liberal Arts education.
  • Successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution if desired, with the proper educational foundation for transition into a chosen field of study.

Capstone Course for LAC, LAEL, LAER, LAS, LAX, LAHP, and LAT

ISC210 Critical Thinking is the required capstone course for all Liberal Arts & Sciences majors and is to be taken after successfully completing English Composition II and 45 credits.