Communication and Media Studies

Communication and Media Studies, A.S. (CM01)

Program Description:

Communication and Media Studies is a foundational program designed to give students the basic skills necessary for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program to pursue a variety of communication and/or media related concentrations. The program emphasizes courses in mass media, media literacy, professional communication, media writing, public speaking, and media production, providing an excellent foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while preparing students for transfer in areas such as print and digital journalism, broadcasting, media production, media and public relations, and organizational communications.

Careers in the field:

Copywriter, Creative Director, Market Researcher, Media Analyst, Lobbyist, Corporate Communications Officer, Film Director, Speech Writer, Press Agent, Technical Writer, News Anchor, Public Relations Manager, Editor, Media Buyer

Schools to transfer to:

SUNY: Brockport, Buffalo State, Fredonia, University at Buffalo, Oswego, Cortland; Rochester Institute of Technology, Niagara University, Roberts Wesleyan College, Morgan State College, St. John Fisher College

Potential skills to be learned:

Depending on the concentration or area you concentrate in: writing for various forms of media, interpreting media messages, media ethics, scriptwriting, the principles of journalism, video and audio production and editing, broadcast performance, interpersonal communication, small group communication, media literacy, mass communication, effective listening, public speaking, conflict resolution, nonverbal communication, assertiveness, group dynamics, leadership, critical analysis, persuasive tactics

Full-time faculty:

Ilene BenzLori MosesMary-Jo PopoviciTamara Hillabush-WalkerMark Ricci

Coursework enhancement activities available:

Monroe Doctrine • Toastmasters International • Otis Young Motivational Speech Contest • WMCC the Fuse


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