Communications

A new degree program to help you prepare for a career in the changing media landscape.

Arts, Humanities, Communications & Design
The Arts and Humanities form a foundation for an array of learning pathways and help students develop a broad understanding of their world and the ability to think critically and communicate effectively. Arts-related programs like graphic design and media technology combine creativity and tactical/technical skills to prepare students for a variety of professions in rapidly evolving fields.

Our new Associates in Arts degree in Communications is designed specifically to give you a strong introduction to the media landscape so you can easily transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree in communications, media studies, or journalism at another college or university.

Our two-year degree program will let you explore the many areas of the communications industry and give you a better understanding of the varied career paths you might choose. The Communications program centers around media writing and critical thinking and how to apply these skills toward various career tracks. Required courses include the media’s role in government, politics, and graphic design. Elective courses let you explore your interests in different media specialties, such as social media and blogging.

 A required internship (unique in a two-year liberal art program) will provide you with real-world skills toward a communications career.

The media world is changing fast. Faster than any other time in history. Our new Associates in Arts degree in Communications is designed to give you the background and skills necessary for developing a career in an industry in flux.

So Much More: The NCC Advantage

Career Options: Our program will give you the basics for a future careers as a writer, reporter, or editor; public relations, advertising, or social media specialist; an educator; a TV or radio producer.

Transfer Options: The Communications program is designed so you’ll have all the requirements for easy transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.

Experienced Faculty: Our faculty has extensive experience working in the communications field and brings current real-world experience to all classes. They are guided by a Communications Advisory Board, which consists of specialists who currently work in the fields of radio, TV, public relations, publishing, screenwriting, and digital media.

Convenient and Affordable: Earn more by spending less. The cost of our program is significantly lower than that of other national liberal arts programs and features an internship to get your career started. Our faculty will assist you with internship placement.

Enroll Today and prepare to build a career as a communications professional.

Special Requirements

All students in the Communications program must meet these course requirements to remain in the program:

ENGL101N College Composition: minimum grade of B- (Note: transfer or Running Start credit requires a minimum grade of B-; comparable CLEP score is 55-58)

COMM101N Introduction to Media Studies: minimum grade of B-

COMM115N: minimum grade of B- to remain in program

Transfer Success

Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor while at NCC. An early decision by the student as to the four-year college/university to which he/she plans to transfer will make the advising process more effective. Students planning to transfer into a Communications program at a four-year institution are encouraged to contact that institution’s transfer admission office to review specific curriculum requirements.

Program Goals

Upon the completion of the liberal arts degree in communications, you will be able to:

  • Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, and evaluate critically what you hear and read.
  • Demonstrate comprehension and skill with research methods and scientific inquiry.
  • Apply the logic of mathematical reasoning and demonstrate proficiency in computational methods and mathematical concepts and applications.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems, to evaluate arguments and chains of reasoning, and to interpret information.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use contemporary information technology to gather information resources for personal and professional obligations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and reasoning ability about contemporary ethical issues and values.
  • Embrace the importance of cultural diversity and the role of a global perspective in modern society.
  • Display a professional work ethic as a result of adhering to the principle of objectivity.
  • Identify and understand the purposes of various media types.
  • Understand the global impact of the media.
Associate in Arts: Communications
FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR

ENGL101N           College Composition

4

0

4

General Education Core Requirement:  Science

3

2/3

4

General Education Core Requirement:  Quantitative Literacy*

4

0

4

POLS102N           American Government & Politics

3

0

3

 

 

 

15

SPRING SEMESTER

COMM101N           Introduction to Media Studies

3

0

3

General Education Core Requirement:  Behavioral Social Science

3

0

3

ENGL109N           Oral Communication

3

0

3

General Education (or Core Requirement) : Quantitative Literacy*

4

0

4

General Education Core Requirement:  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness**

3

0

3

 

16

SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR

COMM115N           Introduction to Media Writing

3

0

3

General Education Core Requirement:  Humanities/Fine Arts or Global Awareness**

3

0

3

General Education or Core Requirement:  Science

3

2/3

4

COMMxxx            Communications Elective

3

0

3

POLS220N           American Politics and Mass Media

3

0

3

 

16

SECOND YEAR
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR

COMMxxxN           Communications Elective

3

0

3

COMMxxxN           Communications Elective

3

0

3

ARTS120N             Graphic Design Theory

3

0

3

COMMxxxN           Communications Elective

3

0

3

COMM285N           Communications Internship

1

8

3

 

15

 

Minimum Total Credits 62

A minimum of 60 credits must be earned in the required categories to complete the program of studies. A minimum of 15 credits must be earned at Nashua Community College, and 8 of those 15 credits must be earned in courses at the 200 level. *MATH106N or MATH110N recommended. **HUMA140N recommended.

Program Outcomes

After completion of general education courses, the student will meet the following outcomes:

  1. The student will communicate effectively and fluently; read with comprehension; listen, speak and write competently.

  2. The student will develop skills in reflection, analysis, logical reasoning, and evaluation to formulate judgments, reach conclusions, and solve problems.

  3. The student will evaluate and utilize quantitative and qualitative data and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods.

  4. The student will utilize technology to locate, evaluate, organize, and utilize information accurately and responsibly.

  5. The student will acquire knowledge and skills to function effectively as informed and responsible citizens.

  6. The student will acquire knowledge and skills that will enable respect for diversity as well as an awareness of global interdependency.