Communications Track

The Communications Track at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences.   Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree. The Communications Track offers a student the opportunity to explore a variety of mass media subject areas while completing a core curriculum used for transfer. Students will gain knowledge in a variety of disciplines including math, science, the humanities and the social sciences. The Liberal Arts and Sciences includes the MassTransfer Block.

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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.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101College Writing I 3
MRT 105Introduction To Mass Media (Formerly BCT 105) 3
MAT 143Statistics (or higher) 4
GID 104 or 177Digital Imaging (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 104) (or Designing Business Graphics) 3
Lab Science Elective 1 4
Spring
ENG 102College Writing II 3
Behavioral Social Science Elective 2 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
PHO 115Introduction To Digital Photography (Formerly BCT115) 3
ENG 241Journalism I: Media Writing 3
Year 2
Fall
PER 126 or 130Fitness And Wellness 32-3
Literature Elective (see list below)  3
Behavorial Social Science Elective 2 3
Science Elective 1 3-4
Communication Elective (see list below)  3
Spring
Culturally Diverse Non-behavioral Social Science Elective (see list below)  3
Culturally Diverse Literature Elective (see list below)  3
Communication Elective (see list below)  3
ENG 290LAS Capstone: Advanced Writing and Research 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
 Total Credits: 61-63
1

Science (3 or 4 credits)/Lab Science Electives (4 credits): AQS, BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY

2

Behavioral Social Science Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC

3

Note: PER 130 Health, Fitness, And Wellness is recommended for transfer

 Communication Electives

Credits
GID 104Digital Imaging (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 104)3
GID 109Introduction To Web Design (Formerly CGD 240)3
ENG 106Technical Writing3
ENG 242Journalism II: Advancing Newswriting3
ENG 245Film Appreciation3
ENG 251Introduction To Public Relations3
ENG 283Journalism Practicum3
MKT 142Marketing3
MKT 241Advertising3
MRT 110Fundamentals of Video Production (Formerly BCT 110)3
MRT 112Introduction to Audio Production (Formerly BCT 112)3
MRT 208Scriptwriting (Formerly BCT 208)3
PHO 215Advanced Digital Photography (Formerly BCT215)3

Literature Electives

Credits
ENG 201Honors English: American Romanticism3
ENG 203Twentieth Century American Authors3
ENG 205Shakespeare3
ENG 210Literature Of The Sixties3
ENG 213American Literature I3
ENG 214American Literature II3
ENG 221Women's Literature3
ENG 224Mystery Fiction3
ENG 227English Literature I3
ENG 228English Literature II3
ENG 233Science Fiction3
ENG 235Children's Literature3
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Special Topics: Queer American Drama3
ENG 252Shakespeare and Star Wars: A Study of Tragedy through Drama and Film3
ENG 259Literary Masterpieces I3
ENG 260Literary Masterpieces II3
ENG 261The Short Story3
ENG 265Great Writers of Harlem3

Culturally Diverse Literature Electives

Credits
ENG 236Modern Drama3
ENG 237Special Topics: Queer American Drama3
ENG 261The Short Story3
ENG 265Great Writers of Harlem3

Culturally Diverse Non-behavioral Social Science Electives

Credits
GEO 129World And Cultural Geography3
HIS 105History Of World Civilization I3
HIS 106History Of World Civilization II3
HIS 125American Ethnic History3

See Communications Track competencies and technical standards

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

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

MassTransfer

Students who plan to transfer to a Massachusetts state university or a University of Massachusetts campus may be eligible to transfer under the MassTransfer agreement which provides transfer advantages to those who qualify.

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Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options/Earning potential

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Program Competencies for LAC

Upon graduation from this program, 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

ENG 290 LAS Capstone: Advanced Writing and Research is the required capstone course for all Liberal Arts & Sciences majors and is to be taken after successfully completing ENG 102 College Writing II and 45 credits.

Technical Standards1 for LAC

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.