ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCES DEGREE2019 - 2020
AREA OF CONCENTRATION IN MASS COMMUNICATIONS
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.

While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts slight declines in employment of on-air talent, significant growth is expected among digital producers, writers, and editors. To this end, the Mass Communications department is equipped with:

  • high definition video and audio editing systems
  • digital cameras
  • a TV studio
  • WHFC-FM.org
  • Owl magazine and Facebook
  • access to Harford Cable Network.

Certificate holders may expect to face employment competition. Students are encouraged to keep a portfolio for transfer or entry into the field.


 

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  
              or  
 MC 206: History of Film - Honors **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.

**Eligible students may choose Honors-level MC 206: History of Film . See the Honors Programs and Societies webpage for more information.


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