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.

This program's design is based on: New MCC General Education

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).

JOURNALISM TRACK

Distribution Requirements
Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics OR higher*
3
COM 101 Introduction to Mass Media
3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
SPC 141 Interpersonal Speech Communication
3
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER
ENG 250 Professional Communication
3
COM 150 Video Production I
3
SPC 142 Public Speaking
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGES (SUNY-FL) ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCES (SUNY-NS) ELECTIVE**
3-4
Second Semester Total:
15-16
THIRD SEMESTER
COM 120 Media Literacy
3
COM 131 Principles of Journalism
3
OPEN ELECTIVE#
3
OPEN ELECTIVE#
3
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION - HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE
3
Third Semester Total:
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
COM 130 Media Writing
3
COM 142 Broadcast Performance
3
COM 270 Media and Society
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION HUMANITIES (SUNY-H) ELECTIVE OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION WESTERN CIVILIZATION (SUNY-WC) ELECTIVE***
3
OPEN ELECTIVE##
3
Fourth Semester Total:
15
TOTAL CREDITS:
60-61
JOURNALISM TRACK
*MTH 150 or any SUNY-M course with a higher number.
**SUNY-NS - recommended BIO 116 OR CHE 110
***SUNY-H recommendations - PHL 101, ENG 105, CIN 120; SUNY-WC recommendations - ART 118, 119
#Open elective recommendations for transfer to SUNY Brockport: COM 202, 204, 267.
Open elective recommendations for students interested in Marketing - BUS 104, 208; MAR 200. Note that BUS 104 is a pre-requisite course for BUS 208 and MAR 200.
##Open elective recommendation - COM 211

PUBLIC RELATIONS TRACK
Distribution Requirements
Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
MTH 160 Statistics I
3
COM 101 Introduction to Mass Media
3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
SPC 141 Interpersonal Speech Communication
3
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER
ENG 250 Professional Communication
3
COM 150 Video Production I
3
SPC 142 Public Speaking
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGES (SUNY-FL) ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCES (SUNY-NS) ELECTIVE**
3-4
First Semester Total:
15-16
THIRD SEMESTER
COM 120 Media Literacy
3
COM 131 Principles of Journalism
3
SPC 143 Small Group Communication
3
OPEN ELECTIVE#
3
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION - HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE
3
Third Semester Total:
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
COM 109 An Introduction to Public Relations
3
COM 130 Media Writing
COM 270 Media and Society
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES (SUNY-H) ELECTIVE OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - WESTERN CIVILIZATION (SUNY-WC) ELECTIVE***
3
OPEN ELECTIVE#
3
Fourth Semester Total:
15
TOTAL CREDITS:
60-61
PUBLIC RELATIONS TRACK
**SUNY-NS - recommended BIO 116 OR CHE 110
***SUNY-H recommendations - PHL 101, ENG 105; SUNY-WC recommendations - ART 118, 119
#Seek assistance from an advisor in making electives selections. Open elective recommendations - COM 211; BUS 104, 204, 208, 220; MAR 200. Note that BUS 104 is a pre-requisite course for BUS 208, 204, 220 and MAR 200. 

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION TRACK
Distribution Requirements
Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics OR higher*
3
COM 101 Introduction to Mass Media
3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
SPC 141 Interpersonal Speech Communication
3
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER
ENG 250 Professional Communications
3
COM 150 Video Production I
3
SPC 142 Public Speaking
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGES (SUNY-FL) ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCES (SUNY-NS) ELECTIVE**
3-4
Second Semester Total:
15-16
THIRD SEMESTER
BUS 104 Introduction to Business
3
COM 120 Media Literacy
3
SPC 143 Small Group Communication
3
OPEN ELECTIVE#
3
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION - HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE
3
Third Semester Total:
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
BUS 208 Organizational Behavior
3
COM 109 An Introduction to Public Relations
3
COM 270 Media and Society
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES (SUNY-H) ELECTIVE OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - WESTERN CIVILIZATION (SUNY-WC) ELECTIVE***
3
OPEN ELECTIVE#
3
Fourth Semester Total:
15
TOTAL CREDITS:
60-61
ORGANIZATION COMMUNICATION TRACK
*MTH 150 or any SUNY-M course with a higher number.
**SUNY-NS - recommended BIO 116 OR CHE 110
***SUNY-H recommendations - PHL 101, ENG 105, CIN 120; SUNY-WC recommendations - ART 118, 119
#Seek assistance from an advisor in making electives selections. Open elective recommendations - COM 211; BUS 135, 204, 207; OFT 141 (4 credits)

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