ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCES DEGREE2017 - 2018
MASS COMMUNICATIONS
Production and Announcing in the Electronic Media
Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
60
For more information: Contact Prof. Wayne Hepler, 443-412-2358, whepler@harford.edu; Prof. Claudia Brown, 443-412-2126, clbrown@harford.edu or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Mass Communications program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in digital media and the internet, and for transfer to four-year institutions. Emphasis is on electronic media and online operations, such as digital video, audio, and film production, social and new media, multimedia writing, and on-air performance.

PROGRAM GOALS
Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Sciences in Mass Communications degree students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate media literacy;
  2. Appraise present-day media content, operation, regulation, impact, and/or implications;
  3. Apply current technology to produce or market media content;
  4. Convey ideas via electronic media.

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
Electronic media producers, directors, writers, and on-air talent are employed by new media,websites, television and radio stations, satellite and cable systems. They shoot, edit, and upload digital audio and video; write online, journalism, and commercial copy; anchor news, sports and podcasts; and record performing artists, among other technical and creative endeavors.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth among the digital media. To this end, the Mass Communications department is equipped with high definition video and audio editing systems, as well as digital cameras.

Average growth is also predicted among the traditional electronic media, for which the department is equipped with WHFC- 91.1 FM,WHFC911.org, Owl Magazine, a TV studio, and access to the remote vehicle and cable channel of the Harford Cable Network.

Certificate holders may expect to face employment competition.


 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
MC 101Introduction to Electronic Media 3
MC 102Audio Production 3
MC 103Television Studio Production  3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total16
   
Second Semester Credits
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals 3
MC 203Advanced Audio Production  3
MC 204Video Production and Editing  3
Mathematics Elective 3
General Elective *3
 Semester Total15
   
Third Semester   Credits
MUS 222Popular Music of the United States 3
MC 201Writing for the Electronic Media 3
MC 207Digital Video I 3
MC 293Independent Media Project  
              or  
MC 105Introduction to Journalism  
              or  
MC 206History of Film 3
Physical Education Elective1
 Semester Total13
   
Fourth Semester Credits
MC 104Electronic Media Performance  3
MC 283Field Project: Announcing/Production in Electronic Media 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
General Elective *3
 Semester Total16
   

* Choose General Electives upon advisement and according to personal or career interests or to the requirements of the institution to which transfer is planned.

FIELD TRIP STATEMENT
Courses in this program may require field trips.