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Courses & Requirements

The associate in arts degree option in Journalism/Communication will provide students with the opportunity to learn what it’s like to work in the communications field. The option provides basic courses and practical experience which prepares students for a career in print or broadcast journalism, including jobs with newspapers, magazines, publishing, television or radio. Graduating students are also prepared to transfer to four-year journalism and communication majors. A minimum of 62 credit hours are required for graduation.

Starting in the Fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Courses Credits Comments
COM102 Video Field Production 3  
COM105 Film Studies 3
COM115 Intro to Mass Communication 3  
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
GOV101 American Government & Politics 3  
JRN101 Journalism I 3  
JRN102 Journalism II 3 Prerequisite
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3  
AND Choose One of the Concentrations Below:
Communication Concentration:
Courses Credits Comments
COM113 Principles of Public Relations 3  
Choose from two of the following:
COM101, COM103, COM111, COM112, JRN201, COP
Journalism Concentration:
Courses Credits Comments
JRN201 Copy Editing 3  
Choose from two of the following:
COM101, COM103, COM111, COM112, COM113, COP
AND Complete All Electives:
Courses Credits Comments
Behavioral Science Elective 3 ANT101
or SOC101
Fine & Performing Arts / Foreign Language / Philosophy & Religion Elective 3  
History & Government Elective 3  
Literature Electives 6  
Math Electives 3/4 MAT111
or higher
Science Electives 8 Must be lab sciences