Communication

Professor Keith Forrest

Associate in Arts

The Communication degree helps prepare students to work in the communication industry or to successfully transfer to four-year schools. The program provides opportunities to learn about careers within communication including television, radio, film, public relations, magazines, advertising, newspapers and new media. Courses in the program are taught from a real-world perspective and emphasize the development of strong writing skills, one of the most important ingredients to success in the communication field. *Students choose a specialization within the Communication degree, following one of five tracks: Communication Arts, Creative Writing, Journalism, Public Relations or Radio/Television/Film.

For more information, contact faculty advisor, Keith Forrest at (609) 343-4994 /kforrest@atlantic.edu.

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

  • Appraise the media’s influence on politics, purchases, entertainment, and how it affects the culture in shaping beliefs and attitudes;
  • Apply the public relations process to planning, research, writing and analysis;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and human communication by applying audience analysis, listening, and other techniques to real-world exchanges;
  • Create effective journalistic and creative writing works utilizing industry techniques and procedures.

    View Communication Advising Guide (pdf) (accessible version)

Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - 45 credits
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
Communication (9 credits)  
    ENGL101-Composition I
3
    ENGL102-Composition II
3
    COMM120-Public Speaking
3
Mathematics-Science-Technology (12 credits)  
    MATH122-College Algebra or higher General Education Mathematics course (MATH220 is recommended)
4

    General Education Science course

4
    General Education Mathematics or General Education Science course
4
Social Science (6 credits)  
    PSYC101-General Psychology
3
    SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Humanities (9 credits)  
    Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110 (THEA110 is recommended.)
3
    General Education Humanities course
3
    Choose ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213 or ENGL214 (ENGL104 is recommended)
3
History (6 credits)  
    Choose two: HIST101, HIST102, HIST103 or HIST104
6
Diversity (3 credits)  
    Choose ANTH103, ENGL201, GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105,   PHIL106, PHIL/RELG111
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
45
PROGRAM COURSES - 6 credits
COMM103-Introduction to Mass Media 
3
COMM104-Introduction to Public Relations
3

CHOOSE A TRACK - 15 credits:

(Before selecting a sequence, meet with your advisor to ensure your choice aligns with your academic goals.)

 

*COMMUNICATION ARTS TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses:  THEA111-Acting I and any COMM course

History Writing and Theory Courses: 
Choose: COMM209-Journalism I or COMM126-Film History

Choose: COMM105-Television History or COMM220-Creative Writing I

Communication Elective: Choose any COMM or TVRF course

*

*CREATIVE WRITING TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses: COMM220-Creative Writing I and COMM221-Creative Writing II

History Writing and Theory Courses (choose two): 

COMM130-Visual Communication, COMM105-Television History or COMM209-Journalism I

Communication Elective (choose one):

COMM107-Popular Music & Radio History, COMM126-Film History, COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing, COMM211-Journalism II or COMM295-Communication Field Work

*

*JOURNALISM TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses: COMM209-Journalism I and COMM211-Journalism II

History, Writing and Theory Courses:

 COMM204-Organizational Communication

                              AND

(Choose one) COMM105-Television History or COMM220-Creative Writing

Communication Elective (choose one):

COMM107-Popular Music & Radio History, COMM126-Film History, COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing or COMM295-Communication Field Work

*

*PUBLIC RELATIONS TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses: COMM110-Interpersonal Communication and COMM204-Organizational Communication

History Writing and Theory Courses:

COMM209-Journalism I and COMM211-Journalism II

Communication Elective (choose one):

COMM130-Visual Communication, COMM210-Special Topics in News Writing, COMM220-Creative Writing I or COMM295-Communication Field Work

*

*RADIO/TELEVISION/FILM TRACK (15 credits)

Track Courses:  COMM105-Television History and COMM126-Film History

History Writing and Theory Courses: 

COMM107-Popular Music & Radio History and COMM220-Creative Writing I

Communication Elective (choose one):

COMM130-Visual Communication, COMM204-Organizational Communication, COMM209-Journalism I, COMM221-Creative Writing II, COMM295-Communication Field Work, TVRF103-Television Production I, TVRF180-Radio Production I

*
TOTAL PROGRAM & TRACK CREDITS
21
Computer Literacy
Is fulfilled with CISM125, testing or reviewed departmental portfolio.
 
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE:
66
(COMC) EFFECTIVE FALL 2014  

     RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES FOR EACH TRACK:

COMMUNICATION ARTS TRACK - Recommended Sequence of Courses

First Semester  (16 credits)

 

COMM103

Introduction to Mass Media

3

COMM120

Public Speaking

3

ENGL101

Composition I

3

PSYC101

General Psychology

3

Choose

MATH122 or higher General Education Mathematics course (MATH220 is recommended)

4

Second Semester  (16 credits)

 

COMM104

Introduction to Public Relations

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

TVRF111

Acting I

3

Choose

General Education Science course

4

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Third Semester  (15  credits)

 

Choose

COMM105 or COMM126

3

Choose

COMM209 or COMM220

3

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Choose

ANTH103, ENGL201, GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105, PHIL106, or PHIL111

3

Choose

ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110

3

Fourth Semester  (19 credits)

 

SOCL101

Principles of Sociology

3

Choose

Any COMM or TVRF course

3

Choose

ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Choose

Any COMM course (COMM204 Recommended)

3

Gen Ed

Mathematics or Science course

4

Gen Ed

Humanities course

3

 

CREATIVE WRITING TRACK - Recommended Sequence of Courses

First Semester   (16 credits)

 

COMM103

Introduction to Mass Media

3

COMM120

Public Speaking

3

ENGL101

Composition I

3

PSYC101

General Psychology

3

Choose

MATH122 or higher General Education Mathematics course (MATH220 is recommended)

4

Second Semester  (16 credits)

 

COMM104

Introduction to Public Relations

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

Choose

COMM105, COMM130, or COMM209

3

Choose

General Education Science course

4

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Third Semester  (15  credits)

 

COMM220

Creative Writing I

3

Choose

COMM105, COMM130, or COMM209

3

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Choose

ANTH103, ENGL201, GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105, PHIL106, or PHIL111

3

Choose

ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110

3

Fourth Semester  (19 credits)

 

COMM221

Creative Writing II

3

SOCL101

Principles of Sociology

3

Choose

COMM107, COMM126, COMM210, or COMM295

3

Choose

ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Gen Ed

Mathematics or Science course

4

Gen Ed

Humanities course

3

JOURNALISM TRACK - Recommended Sequence of Courses

First Semester (16 credits)

 

COMM103

Introduction to Mass Media

3

COMM120

Public Speaking

3

ENGL101

Composition I

3

PSYC101

General Psychology

3

Choose

MATH122 or higher General Education Mathematics course (MATH220 is recommended)

4

Second Semester (16 credits)

 

COMM104

Introduction to Public Relations

3

COMM204

Organizational Communication

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

Choose

General Education Science course

4

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Third Semester (15  credits)

 

COMM209

Journalism I

3

Choose

COMM105 or COMM220

3

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Choose

ANTH103, ENGL201, GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105, PHIL106, or PHIL111

3

Choose

ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110

3

Fourth Semester (19 credits)

 

COMM211

Journalism II

3

SOCL101

Principles of Sociology

3

Choose

ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Choose

COMM107, COMM126, COMM210, or COMM295

3

Gen Ed

Mathematics or Science course

4

Gen Ed

Humanities course

3

PUBLIC RELATIONS TRACK - Recommended Sequence of Courses

First Semester (16 credits)

 

COMM103

Introduction to Mass Media

3

COMM120

Public Speaking

3

ENGL101

Composition I

3

PSYC101

General Psychology

3

Choose

MATH122 or higher General Education Mathematics course (MATH220 is recommended)

4

Second Semester (16 credits)

 

COMM104

Introduction to Public Relations

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

SOCL101

Principles of Sociology

3

Choose

General Education Science course

4

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Third Semester (15  credits)

 

COMM110

Interpersonal Communication

3

COMM209

Journalism I

3

Choose

COMM130, COMM210, COMM220, or COMM295

3

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Choose

ANTH103, ENGL201, GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105, PHIL106, or PHIL111

3

Fourth Semester (19 credits)

 

COMM204

Organizational Communication

3

COMM211

Journalism II

3

Choose

ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Choose

ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110

3

Gen Ed

Mathematics or Science course

4

Gen Ed

Humanities course

3

RADIO/TELEVISION/FILM TRACK - Recommended Sequence of Courses

First Semester  (16 credits)

 

COMM103

Introduction to Mass Media

3

COMM120

Public Speaking

3

ENGL101

Composition I

3

PSYC101

General Psychology

3

Choose

MATH122 or higher General Education Mathematics course (MATH220 is recommended)

4

Second Semester (16 credits)

 

COMM104

Introduction to Public Relations

3

COMM105

Television History

3

ENGL102

Composition II

3

Choose

General Education Science course

4

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Third Semester  (15  credits)

 

COMM126

Film History

3

COMM220

Creative Writing I

3

Choose

HIST101, HIST102, HIST103, or HIST104

3

Choose

ANTH103, ENGL201, GEOG102, GEOG110, PHIL105, PHIL106, or PHIL111

3

Choose

ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110

3

Fourth Semester (19 credits)

 

COMM107

Popular Music & Radio History

3

COMM211

Journalism II

3

SOCL101

Principles of Sociology

3

Choose

ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213, ENGL214

3

Choose

COMM130, COMM204, COMM209, COMM221, TVRF103, TVRF180, or COMM295

3

Gen Ed

Mathematics or Science course

4

Gen Ed

Humanities course

3