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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies A.A. with Area of Concentration in Mass Communication

Associate of Arts | COMM.MASS.AA | Transfer Program
CIP Code: 24.0102
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Program Description

The Mass Communication Concentration is recommended for students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a wide range of mass communications and media programs.  Students learn the foundations, history, economics, and job opportunities of the mass media industries, and how media affects society and culture.  Training is provided in writing for media, the terminology and techniques of television studio and field production, audio production for mass media, the basics of film analysis, and the theory and practice of interviewing.  Additionally, students can learn effective communication techniques in social media production and the theory and practice of broadcast news content and delivery.  Students are encouraged to consult with academic advisors and mass communication faculty regarding transfer opportunities and their program requirements.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the General Studies A.A. with Area of Concentration in Mass Communication will be able to:

  • Discuss the history, major theories and concepts of mass media and its influence on society.
  • Apply effective visual, written, spoken, and non-verbal communication methods in messages to different audiences.
  • Analyze how the various fields in mass communication are structured and function.
  • Create media products utilizing a variety of mass communication technologies.

Sequence of Study - Mass Communication Concentration A.A.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 60 Credits


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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