CERTIFICATE IN MASS COMMUNICATIONS2019 - 2020
AREA OF CONCENTRATION IN MASS COMMUNICATIONS
MASS COMMUNICATIONS
Production and Announcing in the Electronic Media Certificate
Award: Certificate in Mass Communications
No. of credits required: 
30
For more information: Contact Prof. Wayne Hepler, 443-412-2358, whepler@harford.edu; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
This program is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in production for the digital media and internet, and includes only those courses directly related to this field.

PROGRAM GOALS
Upon successful completion of this program of study, 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.

REQUIRED COURSES
 NumberTitle Credits
 CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3   
 CMST 101Speech Fundamentals
               or
 MC 293Independent Media Project 3   
 MC 101Introduction to Electronic Media 3   
 MC 102Audio Production 3   
 MC 103Television Studio Production  3   
 MC 201Writing for the Electronic Media 3   
 MC 203Advanced Audio Production  3   
 MC 204Video Production and Editing  3   
 MC 283Field Project: Announcing/Production in Electronic Media 3   
 MUS 222Popular Music of the United States 3   
 Total Credits30  

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.

 

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018, and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.