SLCC General Catalog

Mass Communication AS

Associate of Science (AS)
63 credits minimum

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Program Description

An Associate of Science degree may be obtained while pursuing coursework in Communication. The AS requires a minimum of 63 semester credit hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Elective hours may be selected from department-approved lists to emphasize the student’s interest area within communication. Communication courses range from a basic introductory course (COMM 1010) to specialized courses in broadcasting, journalism, public relations, radio, television, new media technology, and social media. CO-OP Internship (COMM 2000) is strongly recommended. Students may earn a portion of their elective credits by accepting and successfully fulfilling an available student internship within their area of interest.

The Mass Communication Center (MCC) sets the Communication Department apart from other college programs. MCC provides a valuable step between coursework and working in the real world. MCC offers students a practicum-based learning environment that supports application of skills to create and produce media for TV, radio, web and newspaper.

The Communication Department offers an Associate of Science Degree in Mass Communication with emphases in the following:

  • Journalism & News Media
  • TV Broadcast/Video Production
  • Media & Communication Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Radio/Podcast Performance and Production

The Communication Department and MCC also collaborate to provide students independent study opportunities and valuable internships with local media partners. Each provides a greater range of experience and makes SLCC graduates more marketable. As multimedia content continues to surface in all areas of life, this degree gives students endless possibilities as they move to the workforce.

Career Opportunities:

  • Advertising Sales
  • Blogger
  • Commercial Producer
  • Computer Graphics Operator
  • Copywriter
  • Copy Editor/Proofreader
  • Digital Video Author
  • Disc Jockey (radio)
  • Director (broadcasting)
  • Floor Director (broadcasting)
  • Film Director
  • Gaffer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Grip
  • Journalist
  • Lighting Director
  • Media Buying
  • Media Marketing Specialist
  • News Anchor (studio)
  • News Editor (print & broadcast)
  • On-air Talent
  • Photo Journalist
  • Podcast Producer
  • Press Secretary
  • Producer (broadcasting)
  • Promotions Director
  • Production Manager
  • Promotion Editor
  • Public and Media Relations
  • Radio Board Operator
  • Radio Copywriter
  • Radio Promotions
  • Remote Broadcast Technician
  • Reporter (print & broadcasting)
  • Satellite Truck Operator (broadcasting)
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Sports Announcer
  • Stage Manager (studio)
  • Technical Director (studio)
  • Technical Writer
  • Teleprompter Operator (studio)
  • Traffic Director (broadcasting)
  • Traffic Reporter
  • TV Anchor
  • Video Editor
  • Video Encoder
  • Videographer
  • Website Designer
  • Web Publisher

Transfer/Articulation Information

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require a special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students

Cost for general student supplies and texts are comparable with other General Education classes. Classes requiring registration for a lab may require a small replacement and disposable fee to cover the cost of the student’s use of lab facilities and supplies.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 6 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

ENGL 2010

Intermediate Writing

3

A

ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course (3 Credits) From The Following

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1030

Quantitative Reasoning

3

A

RDG 0990; within last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

OR

 

 

 

 

MATH 1040

Intro to Statistics

3

A

RDG 0990; within last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits From One Of The Following

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ECON 1740

Econ History of US

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

HIST 1700

American Civilization

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

POLS 1100

US Govt & Politics

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN Or Depth) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1010

Elem of Effective Com

3

A

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas.  One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Course

Credits

 

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

NOTE: COMM 1050 is recommended for the Humanities (HU) Distribution requirement.

 

Required Courses: (11 Credits)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1500

Intro Mass Comm (ID)

3

A

 

COMM 1800

Digital Media Tools/Techniques

4

A

 

COMM 2500

Elem/Issue Digit Med(ID)

4

F, Sp

 

Emphasis Area Courses (12 – 18 Credits)

In addition to required courses, students must also complete all courses from one Emphasis Area. Courses from the Required Courses and the Emphasis Area will total from 23 – 29 credits. Depending on the credit total from the Required Courses, the Emphasis Area, and the General Education Requirements students may also need to take an Elective Course (listed below) to reach the total minimum number of credits required to graduate (63).  

Journalism & News Media Emphasis

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1120

Prin of Interviewing

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 1610

              OR

COMM 1130

Jrn I: Rprtng/Wrtng

 

Reporting for Mass Med

3

 

4

F, Sp

 

F, Sp

ENGL 1010

 

COMM 1560

Radio Perf & Prod (ID)

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 2200

Beg Video Production

4

F, Sp

Recommended: COMM/FLM/ENGL 1800

And choose one of the following:

COMM 1620

Journalism II: Editing/Layout

3

F, Sp

COMM 1610 or COMM 1130

COMM 2310

Inter Video Prod-News

4

F, Sp

COMM 2200 or instructor approval & recommended COMM 1130

COMM 2560

Adv Radio Prod

3

F, Sp

COMM 1560

TV Broadcast/Video Production Emphasis

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1820

Media Content Manage

3

F, Sp

COMM/FLM/ENGL 1800 or concurrently

COMM 2200

Beg Video Production

4

F, Sp

Recommended: COMM/ FLM/ENGL 1800

COMM 2310

Inter Video Prod-News

4

F, Sp

COMM 2200 or instructor approval & recommended COMM 1130

COMM 2510

Adv Video Prod-Doc

4

F, Sp

COMM 2200 or FLM 1055

Radio/Podcast Production Emphasis

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1120

Prin of Interviewing

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 1560

Radio Perf & Prod (ID)

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 1820

Media Content Manage

3

F, Sp

COMM/FLM/ENGL 1800 or concurrently

COMM 2560

Adv Radio Prod

3

F, Sp

COMM 1560

Public Relations Emphasis

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1610

Jrn I: Rprtng/Wrtng

3

F, Sp

ENGL 1010

COMM 2300

Intro to Public Rel

3

Sp

 

COMM 2570

Intro to Visual Comm (FA)

4

F, Sp

 

And choose two of the following:

COMM 1560

Radio Perf & Prod (ID)

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 2200

Beg Video Production

4

F, Sp

Recommended: COMM/FLM/ENGL 1800

COMM 2400

Social Media Tools/Strategies

3

F, Sp

 

Media & Communication Technology Emphasis

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1820

Media Content Manage

3

F, Sp

COMM/FLM/ENGL 1800 or concurrently

COMM 2400

Social Media Tools/Strategies

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 2440

Web Site Design

3

A

COMM/FLM/ENGL 1800 or ART 1800

COMM 2525

Web Site Promotion

4

F, Sp

COMM/ART 2440

COMM 2570

Intro to Visual Comm (FA)

4

F, Sp

 

 

Electives

Number of credits required will vary based on Emphasis Courses; the total minimum credits to graduate are 63.

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1020

Prin/Public Spkg (CM,IN)

3

A

 

COMM 1120

Prin of Interviewing

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 1130

Reporting for Mass Med

4

F, Sp

 

COMM 1250

Intro Perform Studies

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 1515

Basic Audio Production

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 1560

Radio Perf & Prod (ID)

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 1620

Journalism II: Editing/Layout

3

F, Sp

COMM 1610 or COMM 1130

COMM 1820

Media Content Manage

3

F, Sp

COMM/FLM/ENGL 1800 or concurrently

COMM 2000

Communication CO-OP/Internship

1-6

A

Department approval

COMM 2200

Beg Video Production

4

F, Sp

Recommended: COMM/FLM/ENGL 1800

COMM 2210

TV/Film Lighting Essentials

2

F, Sp

 

COMM 2220

Beginning Editing

2

A

Recommended: COMM/FLM/ENGL 1800

COMM 2250

Television Studio Prod 1

2

F, Sp

 

COMM 2260

Television Field Prod 1

2

F, SP

 

COMM 2300

Intro to Public Rel

3

Sp

 

COMM 2310

Inter Video Prod-News

4

F, Sp

COMM 2200 or instructor approval & recommended COMM 1130

COMM 2400

Social Media Tools/Strategies

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 2440

Web Site Design

3

A

COMM/FLM/ENGL 1800 or ART 1800

COMM 2510

Adv Video Prod-Doc

4

F, Sp

COMM 2200 or FLM 1055

COMM 2525

Web Site Promotion

4

F, Sp

COMM/ART 2440

COMM 2560

Adv Radio Prod

3

F, Sp

COMM 1560

COMM 2570

Intro to Visual Comm (FA)

4

F, Sp

 

COMM 2590

Advert Media & Sales

3

F, Sp

 

COMM 2990

Second Year Proj

4

A

COMM 1560 or 2200

NOTE: COMM 1610 and COMM 1130 can be substituted for each other in the Communication program at SLCC. Consult an advisor in advance to find out which course transfers to your intended USHE receiving institution.

 

Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

COMM 1010

3

COMM 1500

3

COMM 1800

4

COMM REQ

3-4

COMM REQ

3-4

LW

1

MATH 1030

3

AI

3

ENGL 1010

3

Distribution

6

Total                       

16-17

Total

16-18

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ENGL 2010

3

COMM 2500

4

COMM REQ

3-4

COMM REQ

3-4

COMM REQ

3-4

COMM ELEC

3-4

Distribution (2)

6

Distribution (2)

6

Total

15-17

Total

16-18


For emphasis-specific sample schedules, please see the Communication Department website or consult with your advisor.

Advising Notes

Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 1010 and COMM 1010 during their first semester.

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must
be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. The semesters in which courses are taught are listed above. Students
should check the current class schedule for availability of courses at all sites for day/evening availability and for modification
caused by varying enrollments.

Special Advising Note

There are two ways to transfer to the University of Utah Communication Department:

  1. Earn a 2.6 GPA at SLCC and apply to the University of Utah
  2. Complete the COMMStep Program, which requires these steps:
    1. Earn a COMM AS degree at SLCC
    2. Earn a 3.2 GPA (cumulative or COMM class cumulative)
    3. Complete the one credit TIG (Transfer Interest Group) class, COMM 3060, offered by the U COMM Department and taught by Dr. Norm Elliott on the SLCC Taylorsville Redwood campus in spring.

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the AS degree via Communication coursework in either Mass or Speech Communication shall:      

  • Acquire substantive knowledge in Communication.
  • Be prepared for further study in Communication or in a related discipline at a four-year college or university.
  • Understand key concepts related to interpretive and social science studies of communication.
  • Demonstrate effective communication in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Demonstrate ability to comprehend and interpret communication texts.
  • Write effectively for business, academic and community audiences.
  • Develop effective public speaking skills.
  • Improve listening skills in the workplace, community, and personal lives.

Students completing the AS degree via Communication with the Speech Communication option must also:

  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of argumentation, conflict resolution, interpersonal, small group and organizational communication.

Students completing the AS degree via Communication with the Mass Communication option must also:

  • Demonstrate a solid foundational understanding of broadcasting, broadcast journalism, print journalism, media management and communication technology.

1 – Substantive Knowledge

2 – Communicate Effectively

 

Students completing the AS degree via Communication with the Speech or Mass Communication options will demonstrate the ability to think critically:

  • Recognize basic logical fallacies.
  • Monitor personal communication habits.
  • Use sound reasoning.
  • Incorporate authoritative references.
  • Recognize ethical considerations inherently involved in communication situations.

4 – Think Critically

 

Students completing the AS degree via Communication with the Speech or Mass Communication options will demonstrate the ability to be civically engaged:

  • Develop cultural sensitivity as a foundation for effective communication with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Develop an awareness of civil rights and responsibilities for communicators in a democracy.
  • Articulate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Engage in informed dialogue examining conflicting points of view.
  • Respect others’ points of view.
  • Develop an awareness of the role and skills required of communicators as leaders in the workplace and the community.

5 – Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally

Department Contact Info

Communication and Performing Arts Division

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Technology Building (TB) 325

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-4130

Communication Department

Academic Advisor
Cindy Clark
SCC W138
801-957-3361

Academic Advisor
Gordon Storrs
SCC W138
801-957-3361

Program Faculty

Professors
Carolyn Clark
Shirley Jones

Associate Professors
Nick Burns
Julie Gay
Art Kanehara

Assistant Professors
Roger Johnson
Tamra Phillips
Shirene McKay
Tyler Smith
Jay Williams