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Communication (A.S.)

Study communication at JCC

In our increasingly digital world, it has never been more crucial for students to be able to communicate effectively using a variety of formats.

The communication program at JCC emphasizes strategic communication and media message production. Students learn the foundational principles of communication including media writing, public speaking, interpersonal, and mass communication. Students can also take elective courses in video production, social media management, public relations, television studio production, broadcasting, media storytelling, and business communication.

Internships are widely available to JCC students and offer professional experience in a variety of positions within the communication field.

More about the program

Whether in personal relationships or in the workplace, your ability to communicate effectively through speech, writing or electronic media is of utmost importance throughout your life. JCC’s communication degree program enables you to become an effective communicator and prepares you for employment opportunities in the broad field of communication.

As a communication student, you will take introductory and advanced communication courses starting with an introductory course in communication, a basic public speaking class, a class that introduces you the fundamental codes of mediated communication, and a mass communication and media literacy course. Your choice of advanced courses is determined by the direction you ultimately wish to pursue. The courses are selected after careful consultation with your academic advisor.

Graduates of JCC’s communication program are well prepared to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to pursue further study in the field of communication, or to find entry level employment in the field. Communication is a broad field with employment opportunities in schools, hospitals, industry, education and business. Career titles are expansive: community outreach specialists, public relations specialists, broadcast journalists, producers, communication specialists, human resources personnel, and staff trainers and mediators, to name just a few.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
27 credit hours
ENG 1510: English Composition I3
ENG 1530: English Composition II3

Choose one of the following:

CMM 2530: Writing for Electronic Media3
ENG 2740: Newswriting and Editing3
ENG 2840: Film Study and Appreciation3
ENG 2890: Advanced Prose Writing3
Social Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3
Social Sciences Electives

(up to 3 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific)

MAT 1500: Problem Solving with Mathematics

(or higher) (3 credits must be SUNY General Education-category specific)

Mathematics and Sciences Electives3
Natural Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3
Core Requirements
27 credit hours
CMM 1510: Introduction to Communication3
CMM 1610: Public Speaking3
CMM 1750: The Rhetoric of Vision and Sound3
CMM 2500: Interpersonal Communication3
CMM 2610: Mass Communication and Media Literacy3

Any additional CMM course beyond the Core Requirements, or:

ANT 1520: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BUS 2550: Marketing3
BUS 2570: Principles of Management3
BUS 2580: Management & Organizational Behavior3
BUS 2630: Human Resource Management3
ENG 2540: Creative Writing3
HIS 1520: World History Since 15003
HIS 1540: US History Since 18653
LDR 1660: Leadership Development3
PHL 1510: Introduction to Philosophy3
PHL 1570: Critical Reasoning3
PHL 2610: Introduction to Ethical Theory3
PHL 2630: Contemporary Moral Problems3
PSY 2500: Psychology of Personality3
PSY 2530: Social Psychology3
PSY 2570: Human Sexuality3
6 credit hours
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between effective communication and ineffective communication.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of basic and more complex theories of communication.
  3. Analyze ineffective communication, identify communication problems, and suggest solutions to those communication problems.
  4. Conduct an audience analysis to determine demographic and psychographic variables.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to perform basic research and organize their findings into a coherent, original written, oral or media presentation.

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