Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

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AAD - Applied Art and Design
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ACC - Accounting
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ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
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AFS - African American Studies
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AGS - Agricultural Studies
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ANT - Anthropology
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ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
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ART - Art
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ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content"><span style="font-weight:bold">ATP - Automotive Technology</span></div>]
ATP - Automotive Technology
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BIO - Biology
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BUS - Business
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CDL - Interdisciplinary
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content"><span style="font-weight:bold">CE  - Cooperative Education-Disney World</sp
CE - Cooperative Education-Disney World
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CE - Hospitality
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CEL - Leadership
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CHE - Chemistry
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CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
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CIN - Cinema Studies
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Cinema Studies
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CIS - Computer Information Systems
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CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
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CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician
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COM - Communication

COM 101 - Introduction to Mass Media

3 Credits

An introduction to communication theory and practice, the history of mass media, and an examination of the business of the American mass media. Additional topics will include media support industries, such as advertising and public relations.

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH)

COM 109 - An Introduction to Public Relations

3 Credits

A survey of the roles and responsibilities of the public relations professional in private and public organizations. Examination of the importance of the audience and audience research in public relations program planning, how public relations differs from advertising and the use of traditional publicity tools like press releases and press kits to reach targeted audiences. Exploration of the use of the Internet to reach key stakeholders and its use as a distribution channel for publicity. Recognition of the importance of ethics, integrity and relationship building as a cornerstone of public relations.

COM 115 - Computer Generated Images

3 Credits

This course presents introductory hands-on experiences in exploring the potential of multimedia computer software, special graphic effects and computer imaging techniques as a creative medium. The focus of the course is on exploring how computers and traditional photographic and video technologies are coming together as tools for creating unique graphic images.

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH), MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)

COM 120 - Media Literacy

3 Credits

An introduction to the critical consumption of media. This course will focus on the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and communicate the process of creating and interpreting media in a variety of forms.

SUNY General Education: SUNY-A - The Arts (SART)

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH), MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-IL - Information Literacy (MIL)

COM 130 - Media Writing

3 Credits

Media writing explores the different styles of writing for print media, broadcast media, the Web, advertising copy, and public relations materials. Students will learn how to gather information, write for specific audiences, and check for accuracy. This course will also discuss the legal implications of writing for the media.

Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 200

Learning Attributes: WR

COM 131 - Principles of Journalism

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of journalism principles and practices. Information covered includes discussion and interpretation of what is news, news reporting today, beat reporting, feature writing, and writing for the web. Students will learn to work alone and in teams to conduct interviews, find sources, and prepare news leads, news stories, and profiles. They will demonstrate their ability to write and edit balanced, accurate journalistic stories on deadline.

Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 200

COM 142 - Broadcast Performance

3 Credits

Practice in devising and participating in various kinds of radio and television performances, including news, sports, commercials, promotional announcements, and interviews.

COM 150 - Video Production I

3 Credits

A combination lecture/lab course designed to introduce students to creating video productions on location. Emphasis is placed on the use of portable video cameras, as well as various lighting and audio equipment. Videographic skills will be developed through lab based productions.

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH), MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)

COM 202 - Techniques of Television I

3 Credits

Introduction to the basic aspects of technical and production techniques of television and related audio systems used in the medium. Emphasis will be placed on theory and use of television equipment, direction, lighting, television graphics, scripting, basic engineering, distribution systems, and studio personnel. In addition to the student-produced and directed assignments, members of the class will participate in production crews.

MCC General Education: MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)

COM 203 - Compositing and Visual Effects

3 Credits

This intermediate course focuses on the study of live action video manipulation. Working with contemporary hardware and software, students will begin learning about and creating common audio and visual effects. The student will examine and explore historical uses of video effects to guide them in the creation of their own classroom projects.

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH), MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)

COM 204 - Audio Production

3 Credits

An introductory exploration of audio productions techniques using digital audio editing tools as well as microphones and other audio sources. This course will cover production of audio projects as well as exercises using recording devices and digital editing software and new media technology.

MCC General Education: MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)

COM 211 - Practicum in Media I

3 Credits

A course designed to allow students to complete significant experiences within their discipline of study, including communication, art, music, and interior design. Students will be expected to spend a minimum of eight (8) hours per week in supervised contract learning situations. Students will work with the appropriate Visual and Performing Arts Department faculty member to identify, design, and complete contract learning opportunities.

Prerequisite: Permission of a VaPA Department faculty member.

COM 212 - Techniques of Television II

3 Credits

Advanced techniques in the technical and production aspects of television programming. Emphasis will be placed on studio and control room operation, engineering experience, program planning and organization production and direction of individual assignments. Experience and theory of video recording will be given. Principles of TV signal distribution will be discussed.

Prerequisite: COM 202.

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH), MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)

COM 230 - Scriptwriting

3 Credits

Review and practice of the requirements for writing professionally formatted scripts used in short and feature films. Emphasis will be placed on writing short-form scripts and analyzing and discussing long-form dramatic scripts.

Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 200.

MCC General Education: MCC-BCO - Speaking (MBCO), MCC-BCW - Writing (MBCW), MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT)

COM 264 - Video Production II

3 Credits

An intermediate course that provides a continuation of the principles learned and practiced in Video Production I (COM 150) as they relate to camera operation. The student will add to their skills through advanced techniques in image acquisition with increased emphasis on editing of live-action video footage. Working with contemporary non-linear editing systems, the emphasis will be placed on the structure and pacing of a finished video project.

Prerequisite: COM 150.

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)

COM 267 - Video Editing

3 Credits

Students will be concentrating on advanced tools and techniques used to make high quality video clips and sound tracks. This will involve working with non-linear editing software such as Avid Xpress Pro. Real-time video editing, waveform sound editing and other methods of audio/video production will be stressed.

Prerequisite(s): COM 150 or permission of instructor.

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH), MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)

COM 270 - Media and Society

3 Credits

An examination and analysis of American mass media and the forces that influence them. Emphasis will be placed upon basic legal principles, the role of government in attempting to regulate the media, and the media's influence on our society.

Prerequisites: COM 101

MCC General Education: MCC-VE - Values and Ethics (MVE)

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COS - College Success
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CPT - Computer Technology
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CRC - Computer Related Curricula
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CRJ - Criminal Justice
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CSC - Computer Science
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DAS - Dental Assisting
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DEN - Dental Hygiene
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EBL - Experience Based Learning
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ECE - Education and Early Care
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ECO - Economics
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EDU - Education
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ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
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EMS - Emergency Medical Services
Show details for [<div class="Course_Table_Content"><span style="font-weight:bold">ENG - English Literature</span></div>]
ENG - English Literature
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ENG - English Writing
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ENR - Engineering Science
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ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
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FPT - Fire Protection Technology
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FRE - French/Foreign Language
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FSA - Food Service Administration
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GEG - Geography
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GEO - Geology
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GER - German/Foreign Language
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GLF - Golf Management
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GLS - Global Studies
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GSS - Gender and Sexuality Studies
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HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
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HED - Health Education
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HEG - Health Education Global
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HEG - Health Professions
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HIM - Health Information Technology
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HIS - History
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HMN - Humanities
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HON - Honors Studies
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Honors Studies
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HSM - Homeland Security Administration
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HSP - Hospitality
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HTL - Hotel Technology
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HUM - Human Services
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HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
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IDE - Interior Design
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ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
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JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
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LAW - Law
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LDS - Leadership
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MAR - Marketing
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MET - Mechanical Technology
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MMP - Automotive Technology
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MTH - Mathematics
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MUS - Music
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NUR - Nursing
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OFT - Office Technology
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OPT - Optical Systems Technology
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PE - Physical Education--Coed
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PEC - Physical Education--Coed
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PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
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PEM - Physical Education--Men
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PEW - Physical Education-Women
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PHL - Philosophy
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PHO - Photography
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PHY - Physics
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PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
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PLS - Paralegal Studies
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POS - Political Science
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PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
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PSC - Public Safety Communications
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PSC - Public Safety Training
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PST - Public Safety Training
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PSY - Psychology
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Public Speaking
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REA - Reading
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SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
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SCI - Science
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SCR - Computer Security
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SGT - Surgical Technology
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SMT - Sports Management
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SOC - Sociology
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SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
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SPC - Speech Communication
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STT - Solar Thermal Technology
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SUS - Sustainability Studies
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SVL - Service Learning
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TAM - Tooling and Machining
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TEK - Technology
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THE - Theatre
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TOY - Toyota
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TRS - Transitional Studies
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TVL - Travel And Tourism
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URS - Urban Studies
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XRT - Radiologic Technology