Communication Studies

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of the Arts: Communications Office
Hicks 125 • Phone (215) 968-8425
Curriculum Code: 1120

The Communications Studies transfer major is designed to serve the needs and interests of students who want to explore various subject areas in the Communications field without committing themselves immediately to any one area of concentration. Students in this major, through the required courses and the recommended elective list, have the opportunity to explore such diverse areas as speech communication, theatre, video-production, journalism, public relations, mass communication, advertising and marketing, and film within the context of a well-balanced liberal arts curriculum.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • demonstrate a basic knowledge of communication and awareness of the responsibilities associated with communication;
  • evaluate various types of communication through the application of standardized criteria; and
  • analyze their own communication and the communication of others.*

*To fulfill the technological competence requirement, students demonstrate proficiency in accessing, creating, and presenting a digital visual aid appropriate for public presentation in COMM240.

Students who plan to transfer into a Communications major at a four year college will find this major well suited to their individual needs.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
COMM105
Interpersonal Communication 2,3,8
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking A,4,5
3
COMM111
Media and Society 2,3,8
3
COMM240
Persuasive Communication E,2,4,9
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II A,2,4,10
3
COMT101
Introduction to Theatre 1
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,E,6
3
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology 3,8
3
Cinema Elective C,1 3
Social Science B 3
Electives G 6
Foreign Language and/or Literature B 3
College Level Science A,F,7 4
Program Electives D (choose from list) 15
Total Credit Hours 61

Program Electives (Select at least 15 credits):

Course Credits
COMT103
Introduction to Acting
3
COMT106
Introduction to Improvisational Performance
3
COMT203
Acting II E
3
COMT206
Improvisational Performance II E
3
JOUR155
Advertising Copywriting
3
JOUR175
News Reporting and Writing E
3
JOUR275
Newspaper Editing and Page Layout E
3
JOUR276
Feature Writing for Print and Online Media E
3
JOUR277
Public Affairs Reporting E
3
JOUR278
Webcast News Production E
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business
3
MKTG200
Advertising
3
PHED126
Modern Dance
2
PHED130
Yoga
2
VACV130
Media Scriptwriting E
3
VACV135
Video Studio Production I E
3
VACV137
Audio Production
3
VACV140
Digital Editing
3
VACV141
Art of Independent Cinema
3
VACV142
Art of Theatrical Cinema
3
VACV145
Film Production I
3
VAPH110
Digital Photography Fundamentals
3
VAPH210
Digital Photography II E
3
VAPH211
Studio and Lighting Fundamentals E
3
VAGD101
Layout and Basic Typography E
3
VAGD102
Illustration: Drawing/Digital E
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging
3
VAMM110
Web Design E
3
VAMM120
Interface Design
3
VAMM209
Multimedia Concepts I E
3

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COMM105
Interpersonal Communication 2,3,8
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,10
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,E,6
3
SOCI110
Introduction to Sociology 2,8
3
Social Science B 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking A,4,5
3
COMP111
English Composition II E,2,4
3
COMT101
Introduction to Theatre 1
3
Program Elective D 3
Cinema Elective C,1 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
COMM111
Media and Society 2,3,8
3
College Level Science A,G,7      4
Foreign Language and/or Literature 3
Program Electives D 3
Elective G 3
Total Credit Hours 16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
COMM240
Persuasive Communication E,2,4,9
3
Program Electives D 9
Elective G 3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Choose from VACV141 or VACV142.
D Consult the list of Program Electives.
E Course requires pre-requisites.
F Choose from BIOL101, CHEM101, or SCIE103.
G Pre-college level courses do not meet this requirement.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities.
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking.
3 Satisfies Diversity.
4 Satisfies Information Literacy.
5 Satisfies Oral Communication.
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy.
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy.
8 Satisfies Social Sciences.
9 Satisfies Technological Competence.
10 Satisfies Writing.