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Communication Concentration

Associate in Arts -  English Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities From Area 6 3
Journalism I ENG241 3 ENG095 or placement
Mathematics Elective 3 MAT097 or placement
Lab Science Elective 4
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Learning community or Elective see note* 3
Elective 3
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Applications/Concepts CIT110 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Film as Art FLM101 3
Oral Communication ENG171 3
Introduction to Adobe Suite VMA125 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Introduction to Mass Media VMA111 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Journalism II ENG242 Spring 3 ENG095 or placement
Total Credits 62
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Humanities and Learning Communities

Department: English

Degree Type: Associate in Arts

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Note: The Department recommends a two-semester foreign language sequence.
*Note: New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.

Concentration Overview

The English Department offers programs which qualify graduates to transfer to four-year institutions that prepare them for careers in teaching, journalism, public relations, and media communications. Students must complete a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate to pursue a teaching career. A bachelor’s degree in English is a minimum requirement for entry-level work in careers such as publishing, advertising, public relations, and journalism.

The communications concentration prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities in journalism or media communications. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus. For current information on eligible programs, visit www.mass.edu/masstransfer.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this concentration qualify to transfer to four-year colleges or universities that prepare students for professional careers in journalism, public relations, and media communications.

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for entry into these fields. Graduate work may be necessary, as well.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and situations.
  • Write for a variety of purposes, adapting to varying audiences.
  • Write pieces for specific markets, such as news stories and traditional academic papers.
  • Use a computer to compose and edit papers and conduct Internet research.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking.
  • Understand the dynamics of communication in a global context.

Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously.