Communication and Media Studies

Kick-start your career in communication and media.

Countless communication and media professionals began their careers at Monroe Community College – and you can, too.

In our communication and media studies associate degree program, you can complete the first half of a bachelor’s degree in many communication and media fields. You’ll build a strong foundation for a career as a journalist, TV producer, public relations officer, media law expert, organizational communications manager, or other communication professional.

Monroe Community College’s communication and media studies program is led by communication professionals who’ve spent years in the industry. You’ll have the opportunity to get firsthand work experience in the media, performing internships at:

  • TV stations
  • Radio stations
  • Newspapers
  • Advertising firms
  • Video and film production companies

You’ll also have many opportunities to build a personal media portfolio by working for MCC’s student-run newspaper Monroe Doctrine, radio station WMCC: The Pulse, and the MCC public speaking chapter of Toastmasters International.

Tell Stories from Every Angle with Our Communication and Media Studies Degree

You’ll get a broad liberal arts background in the communication and media studies program, with emphasis on writing, speaking, and communication. The communication and media studies degree includes more than 20 credits of electives, so you’ll have plenty of flexibility to focus on subjects that match your interests.

Your path into the exciting world of media and communications begins right here at MCC. Graduates from our communication and media studies associate degree program have gone on to earn bachelor’s degrees, and then excel in a wide range of careers. You may go on to work in jobs such as:

  • Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Market research analyst
  • Media analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Film director
  • Speechwriter
  • Press agent
  • Technical writer
  • News anchor
  • Public relations specialist
  • Corporate communications manager

To find out how our associate degree in communication and media studies can help you launch a career in communications, contact Monroe Community College’s admissions office at (585) 292-2200 or admissions@monroecc.edu.


COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:Visual and Performing Arts

School(s): Arts & Humanities

CIP Code: 09.0101
MCC Program Code: CM01
NYSED Code (BRI): 84485

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

Description
The Communication and Media Studies program provides an excellent foundation in liberal arts and sciences, emphasizing courses in writing, speaking, and the media. This program prepares students for transfer in areas such as journalism, media, public relations, corporate communications, and advertising.
(Housed in the Visual and Performing Arts Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Discuss communication theories.
2) Apply effective oral communication skills in a variety of personal and professional settings.
3) Create formal written communication for a variety of audiences.
4) Evaluate media messages in a variety of forms.
5) Discuss the impact of mass media in shaping social constructs, values, or norms of society.
6) Discuss the role of media literacy in interpreting media messages.
7) **Public Relations-Track specific: Discuss ethical principles.
8) **Speech-Track specific: Apply a listening model within a variety of personal and professional communications.
9) **Journalism-Track specific: Produce media messages for a variety of audiences.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
JOURNALISM TRACK
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
SPC 141 Interpersonal Communication 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics or higher 3
COM 101 Introduction to Mass Media 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - WR 3
Total 15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 250 Professional Communications 3
SPC 142 Public Speaking 3
COM 120 Media Literacy 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGE 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total 15
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
COM 130 Media Writing 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
ELECTIVE** 3
ELECTIVE** 3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 2
Total 17
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
COM 131 Principles of Journalism 3
COM 142 Broadcast Performance 3
COM 270 Media and Society 3
ELECTIVE* 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
Total15
TOTAL CREDITS 62
PUBLIC RELATIONS TRACK
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
SPC 141 Interpersonal Communication 3
MTH 160 Statistics I 3
COM 101 Introduction to Mass Media 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - WR 3
Total 15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 250 Professional Communications 3
SPC 142 Public Speaking 3
COM 120 Media Literacy 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGE 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total 15
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
COM 130 Media Writing 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3
ELECTIVE* 3
ELECTIVE* 3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 2
Total17
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
COM 109 Introduction to Public Relations 3
COM 131 Principles of Journalism 3
COM 270 Media and Society 3
ELECTIVE*3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS 62
SPEECH COMMUNICATION TRACK
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
SPC 141 Interpersonal Communication 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics or higher 3
COM 101 Introduction to Mass Media 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - WR 3
Total 15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 250 Professional Communications 3
SPC 142 Public Speaking 3
COM 120 Media Literacy 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGE 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total15
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
SPC 143 Small Group Communication 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
ELECTIVE* 3
ELECTIVE* 3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 2
Total 17
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
SPC 241 Advanced Public Speaking3
SPC 242 Advanced Interpersonal Communications3
COM 270 Media and Society 3
ELECTIVE* 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS 62

*As recommended by advisor.
**COM 150 and COM 267 recommended for broadcast journalism students transferring to SUNY Brockport
+SPC 143 recommended for Public Relations students
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