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PART-TIME PATHWAYS (3 to 5 years) are available for most degrees. To qualify to take college-level classes, some students may be required to take college preparation classes first.

YEAR ONE – FALL

Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
COM115 Intro to Mass Communication 3 ☑
JRN101 Journalism I 3 ☑
ENG101 English Composition I 3
PSY101 Intro to Psychology 3
MAT122 Quantitative Reasoning 4 ☑
CREDITS: 16

YEAR ONE – SPRING

Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
JRN102 Journalism II 3 ☑ ☑ Spring Only
COM105 Film Studies 3 ☑
ENG102 English Composition II 3 ☑
GOV101 American Gov’t and Politics 3
ERS125
ERS130
ERS135
Choose one science lab of the Options not yet taken. 4 ☑
CREDITS: 16

YEAR TWO – FALL

Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
COM102 Video Field Production 3 ☑ Fall Only
COM112 Interpersonal Communication 3
LIT201 American Literature I 3
ANT101 Cultural Anthropology 3 ☑
ERS125
ERS130
ERS135
Choose one science lab of the Options not yet taken. 4
CREDITS: 16

YEAR TWO – SPRING

Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
COM113 Principles of Public Relations 3 ☑ Spring only
COP110 Internship Education 3 ☑ Permission required
LIT202 American Literature II 3
HIS101 US History I 3
PHI101
THE101
SPN111
Choose one Humanities elective of the three options 3
CREDITS: 15

TOTAL CREDITS:63

Program Snapshot

  • The JRN/COM Pathway prepares students to graduate with an associate’s degree and transfer to communication or journalism bachelor’s degree programs.
  • This Pathway is for students in the Communication concentration. Journalism concentration students must take Copy Editing JRN201 in consultation with the program coordinator.
  • Many JRN/COM students transfer to UMass-Amherst, Northeastern, Emerson, Suffolk, Salem State, and Fitchburg State.
  • Alumni of NECC’s JRN/COM program work in varied communications or journalism careers in public relations, radio, TV, or newspapers.
  • Internships are encouraged and are available by taking COP110 – Internship Education.
  • An Online Pathway for JRN/COM is available, in which 80% of the classes can be taken online. Part-time pathways are also available.

Helpful Hints

  • Asterisks (*) indicate the course is an elective. The course listed is not required but is recommended for the pathway.
  • Milestone courses are the most important JRN/COM program courses or are courses that meet the Core Academic Skills requirement for graduation. All six core academic requirements will be met using the Pathway. Core Academic Skill courses include: COM115: Public Presentation; JRN101: Written Communication and Information Literacy; MAT122: Quantitative Reasoning; BIO103+104: Science and Technology; and ANT101: Global Awareness
  • For advising help, JRN/COM students are encouraged to contact program coordinator, Professor Amy Callahan: Email: acallahan@necc.mass.edu, Phone: 978-556-3397, Office: Rm. C317-G, Third Floor, Spurk

Milestone Courses

Milestone courses are the most important for success in the program, should be taken in the sequence shown, and may require certain grades or other outcomes for your continued progress toward graduation. They may also cover most, or all the six core skills required for graduation.

Disclaimer

You are encouraged to use this pathway checklist with an advisor as a worksheet when planning your progress toward a degree or certificate. This checklist is not your academic transcript and it is not official notification of completion of degree or certificate requirements.

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