Communications Track

Program Competencies for LAC

Upon graduation from these programs, 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

ISC 210 Critical Thinking is the required capstone course for all Liberal Arts & Sciences majors and is to be taken after successfully completing ENG 102 English Composition II and 45 credits.

Technical Standards1 for LAC


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.




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
ENG 101English Composition I 3
MRT 105Introduction To Mass Media (Formerly BCT 105) 3
MAT 143 or 163Statistics or Precalculus (or higher) 4
ENG 241Journalism I: Media Writing 3
Lab Science Elective 1 4
ENG 102English Composition II 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
Humanities Elective 2 3
PHO 115Introduction To Digital Photography (Formerly BCT115) 3
Lab Science Elective 1 4
Year 2
PER 126 or 130Fitness And Wellness 32-3
Communication Elective (see list below)  3
GID 170Introduction To Animation (Flash) (Formerly CGD 110) 3
Non-behavioral Social Science Elective 4 3
Literature Elective (see list below)  3
Non-behavioral Social Science Elective (designated culturally diverse course) (see list below)  3
Literature Elective (designated culturally diverse course) (see list below)  3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
GID 177Designing Business Graphics (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 107) 3
ISC 210Critical Thinking 53
Behavioral Social Science Elective 6 3
 Total Credits: 65-66

Lab Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY


Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE


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


Non-behavioral Social Science Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC


Capstone Course


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

 Communication Electives

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
MRT 110Fundamentals of Video Production (Formerly BCT 110)3
MRT 112Introduction to Audio Production (Formerly BCT 112)3
MRT 208Scriptwriting (Formerly BCT 208)3
MKT 142Marketing3
MKT 241Advertising3
PHO 215Advanced Digital Photography (Formerly BCT215)3

Literature Electives

ENG 201Honors English3
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

Non-behavioral Social Science Electives (designated culturally diverse courses)

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

Literature Electives (designated culturally diverse courses)

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

See the communications general information for program competencies and technical standards.


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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.

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options

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