Mass Media

Associate of Arts Degree

You can earn an associate of arts degree with a concentration in mass media. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses

Core 29 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BRDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Media
An introduction to the history and technology of Mass Media. The history of print, radio, television, recorded music and the internet will be introduced along with a study of advertising, ethics, social impact, new technologies, government regulation and the future of media. Students are also introduced to audio and video editing tools in an effort to create projects such as podcasts and music videos.
3
JOUR 1150 Applied Journalism I
Students may receive one to three hours credit per semester as a member of the college newspaper staff, as arranged with the instructor.
3
JOUR 1160 Applied Journalism II
Continuation of JOUR1150. Students may receive one to three hours of credit per semester as a member of the college newspaper staff, as arranged with the instructor.
3
JOUR 1200 Writing for Print and Digital Media
Course provides instruction in the various writing styles and techniques required of mass media in the digital age. Students will gain experience in writing for broadcast, print and web media. Some specific areas of focus will be Associated Press Style guidelines, writing clear, precise and accurate news and feature copy, fundamental graphic design principles, copyright issues, and use of editing and layout software.
3
CINE 1200 Media Graphics
This course is designed to help students develop proficiency in and knowledge of digital graphics used in broadcasting, film and web-based media production. Students will learn raster and vector based graphics design programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, and gain hands-on experience in the integration of graphic design into video and motion graphics projects. Students will design graphics packages for broadcast, movie titles, full screen graphics, lower-third templates and understand image compression and manipulation for television, film and the web.
3
BRDC 1210 Television Production and Performance
Knowledge and skill development in camera operation, TV audio, lighting, videotape recorders, set and graphics design, electronic editing, electronic field production and principles of television production are featured. Also included are remote productions, TV studio and control room use and special effects. Jobs in TV are discussed.
3
CINE 1700 Post Production I
Introduction to concepts and techniques of video and audio editing and post-production using a non-linear, computer-based production system.
1
JOUR 2170 Applied Journalism III
Continuation of JOUR1160. Students may receive one to three hours of credit per semester as a member of the college newspaper staff, as arranged with the instructor.
3
BRDC 2180 Digital Storytelling I
After getting an overview and understanding of storytelling, students will use a mix of writing, video and audio production skills and techniques to produce and present feature-length television stories. Unlike regular news stories, which are typically under two minutes and give a broad overview, stories created in this course will be 5 minutes long and be more specific.
1
JOUR 2180 Applied Journalism IV
Continuation of JOUR 2170. Students may receive one to three hours of credit per semester as a member of the college newspaper staff, as arranged with the instructor.
3
SPCH 2200 Public Relations
Students will study the application of public relations in corporations, politics, national and international government, non-profit organizations, entertainment, sports, and travel. Topics include the role of ethics, gender and cultural differences, internal and external communications, and conflict management.
3
BSAD 2520 Principles of Marketing
A study of the development of an effective marketing program including consumer behavior, product, pricing, distribution, and promotional strategies.
3

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the basic principles of sociology including the study of culture, socialization, social structure, social institutions, investigative behavior, deviance, inequalities including race, ethnicity, stratification; demography, population, and theoretical perspectives.
3
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, biological and neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre
An introduction to the forms and functions of the dramatic arts within a historical perspective. Includes an introduction to basic theatre skills as well as an introduction to a range of dramatic literature.
3
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze various texts and respond with research-based argumentative essays that demonstrate information literacy, critical-reading, and source integration. A significant research project is required.
3
ENGL 1520 Comparative Mythology
Introduces students to mythological and folkloric materials from a variety of cultural traditions, including, but not limited to, Greek, Roman, Norse, Native American, Aboriginal, Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, and Arthurian and Celtic. Themes within the course structure will encompass Creation myths, gods and goddesses, the Fall of Humankind, the Heroic ideal, the Afterlife, and rites of passage.
3
ENGL 2030 Creating Poetry I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Includes feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2040 Creating Poetry II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2050 Creating Stories I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2060 Creating Stories II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2070 Technical Communications
Covers both written and oral technical communications including, but not limited to, technical library research and semi technical or technical explanations of scientific and engineering topics.
3
ENGL 2100 Introduction to Literature
This course introduces students to the major genres and conventions associated with literature. It includes fiction, poetry, drama and memoir. By employing critical reading and thinking skills and analytical and creative writing skills, students will understand literature more fully. The course exposes students to a range of authors representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
3
ENGL 2110 Introduction to Poetry
An introduction to mainly, but not limited to, American poetry from hearing and reading aloud and experiencing poetry as an art to be enjoyed. Course includes a wide variety of reading: traditional poets in American canon, avant-garde poetry, Midwest poetry as well as women's poetry.
3
ENGL 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
THEA 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
ENGL 2150 American Literature to 1865
Critical reading and evaluation of writers of prose and poetry from the colonial period to 1865. Emphasizes such writers as Edwards, Hawthorne, Melville, Longfellow, Emerson, Thoreau, and Native American writing.
3
ENGL 2160 American Literature after 1865
Covers American writers from 1865 to the present, such as Whitman, Twain, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Eliot.
3
ENGL 2200 British Literature to 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from 700-1800 following its development from Beowulf to the Romantic period with emphasis on poetry and essay forms.
3
ENGL 2210 British Literature after 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from the Romantic movement to the present day, including poetry and the essay with works by representative novelists.
3
ENGL 2720 Introduction to Literature of the Great Plains and the American West
The study, through written literature of fiction, nonfiction and poetry of the territory west of the Missouri River, especially that expanse called the Great Plains. Study would include both the early people and those who attempted to displace them.
3
ENGL 2730 The Novel and the Movie
Readings in fiction and viewing of films based on or elaborating on that fiction with class discussions on the relationships between the fiction and the film. Written response to reading and viewing is expected.
3

Fine Arts & Language 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MUSC 1010 Introduction to Music
Study of the development of music and how it relates to the events of our past and present. All types of music included. Open registration.
3
ARTS 1050 Introduction to Art History and Criticism I
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the 14th Century. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 1060 Introduction to Art History and Criticism II
A survey of major works of art in all media from the 14th Century to the present. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4
FREN 1200 Elementary French I
Introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of French.
4

Health Education 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3

History 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HIST 1030 European Civilization I
Study of history that interprets and evaluates the contribution of civilizations from ancient times to 1600.
3
HIST 1040 European Civilization II
The development of European civilization since 1600, concluding with the peace settlements and national tensions that followed World War II.
3
HIST 1050 World History I
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from ancient times to 1715.
3
HIST 1060 World History II
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from 1715 to the present day.
3
HIST 2010 American History I
A survey of American History from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in the development of the American nation.
3
HIST 2020 American History II
A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War era to the present. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in America’s development as a global power.
3

Mathematics 3-5 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1100 Foundations of Mathematics
This course is designed to give the students a survey of mathematics topics including set theory, logic, geometry and dimensional analysis, financial calculations and management graph theory, probability and statistics. Main emphasis will be the application of problem solving methods while studying topics.
3
MATH 1140 Intermediate Algebra
Development of the real numbers as a working replacement set for equations and expressions. Main emphasis is placed on algebraic operations related to polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, exponential expressions, and logarithmic expressions. Concepts of relations and functions are introduced allowing for further study in math.
4

Natural Science 4-5 Credit Hours

select one from list or from any other higher level course of Natural Science
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 1010 General Biology
Introduction to the major biological concepts: ecosystem dynamics, cell structure and function, cell division, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and genetics, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques.
4
PHYS 1100 Physical Science
Survey of chemistry, physics, and earth science. Designed to meet the requirements for general science with laboratory experiences.
4
PHYS 1130 Introductory Physics I
Study of principles and their application in mechanics, heat, and sound.
5
CHEM 1140 General Chemistry I
Study of general principles including atomic structure, nomenclature, reactions, and compounds.
5

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will enable students to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace and society. This course will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. This course will also enhance the students' listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
POLS 1000 American Government
A study of the functioning of the American political system through an analysis and application of its underlying theories.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

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