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Mass Communications

The Program

The Las Positas College Mass Communications program and the Associate in Arts Degree in Mass Communications are designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the principles, roles, techniques, and effects of media in society as well as experience in the application of these principles to the student media. Student media at Las Positas College include the newspaper, the radio station, the journalistic magazine, the literary magazine, television, and video journalism, all of which include multimedia components. The Las Positas College Mass Communications Associate Degree provides specific hands-on training that will prepare students for immediate job entry, especially involving broadcast and technology.

Mass Communications at Las Positas College also includes options for students who are entering the workforce, including a Certificate of Achievement in Mass Communications: Journalism and a low-unit local Career Certificate in Mass Communications: Radio. Since some students may view the AA degree to be the culmination of their educational experience, the broad-based focus serves to hone and refine students' reading, writing, speaking, cultural literacy, and critical thinking skills, enabling them to succeed in an academic environment or in the workplace and providing specific hands-on skills that wouldbe especially beneficial in the workplace.

AA Degree - Associate in Arts - Mass Communications

Freshman Year    
English 1A (Critical Reasoning and Composition) ....... 3 units
Mass Communications 1 (Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting) ....... 3 units
Mass Communications 5 (Introduction to Mass Communications) ....... 3 units
Mass Communications 2 (Journalism: Investigative News Writing) or    
Mass Communications 3 (Journalism: Magazine and Newspaper
Feature Writing)
....... 3 units
Mass Communications 31 (Introduction to Media) ....... 3 units
Philosophy 2 (Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics) ....... 3 units
Restricted/Recommended Electives* ....... 0-9 units
General Education Courses
     
Sophomore Year    
Mass Communications 72 (Beginning Photo Journalism) or    
Photography 72 (Documentary Photography) ....... 2 units
Mass Communications 35 (Introduction to Multimedia Reporting) ....... 3 units
Mass Communications 7 (Introduction to Public Relations) ....... 3 units
Restricted/Recommended Electives* ....... 0-9 units
General Education Courses    
Total units required for degree ....... 60 units
.......    
*Restricted/Recommended electives    
Select from the courses below for a minimum of 9 units.    
Mass Communications 16A (Express College Newspaper A)    
Mass Communications 16B (Express College Newspaper B)    
Mass Communications 17 (Express Editorial Board)    
Mass Communications 19A or English 19A (Literary Anthology)    
Mass Communications 19B or English 19B (Literary Anthology B)    
Mass Communications 32A (Introduction to Radio Production)    
Mass Communications 32B (Intermediate Radio Production)    
Mass Communications 33A (Introduction to Television Studio Techniques)    
Mass Communications 33B (Intermediate Television Studio Techniques)    
Mass Communications 34 (Magazine Editing and Production)    

Certificate of Achievement Mass Communications: Journalism

Completing the certificate demonstrates your proficiency in certain skills. While units in this program are transferable to many institutions, students should consult a counselor for more information.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for:
Certificate of Achievement in Mass Communications: Journalism

FRESHMAN YEAR
ENG 1A (Critical Reading and Composition) ....... 3
MSCM 1 (Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting) ....... 3
MSCM 5 (Introduction to Mass Communications) or    
MSCM 31 (Introduction to Media) ....... 3
Electives* ....... 3
SOPHOMORE YEAR
MSCM 72 (Beginning Photojournalism) or    
PHOTO 72 (Documentary Photography) or    
MSCM 35 (Introduction to Multimedia Reporting) ....... 2-3
Electives* ....... 9
Total units required ....... 23-24

 

*Electives

Select from the following Groups, A and/or B, for a minimum of 12 units:

Group A
MSCM 16A (Express College Newspaper A
MSCM 16B (Express College Newspaper B)
MSCM 17 (Express Editorial Board)
MSCM 34 (Magazine Editing and Production)
MSCM 14 (Newspaper Production)
ENG 19A or MSCM 19A (Literary Magazine)
MSCM 19B or MSCM 19B (Literary Magazine B)
WRKX 95 (Occupation Work Experience Education)
WRKX 96 (Seminar)

Group B
MSCM 2 (Journalism: Investigative News Writing)
MSCM 3 (Journalism: Magazine and Newspaper Feature Writing)
MSCM 32A (Introduction to Radio Production)
MSCM 7 (Introduction to Public Relations)

Career Certificate - Radio Communication

The Career Certificate in Mass Communications: Radio provides students with production and performance skills as well as a background
in communication for entry‐level employment in radio.

First Semester
Mass Communications 32A (Introduction to Radio Production) ....... 3 units
     
Select one course from the following for 3 units:    
Mass Communications 5 (Introduction to Mass Communications)    
Mass Communications 31 (Introduction to Media) ....... 3 units
     
Select one course from the following for 3 units:    
Speech 1 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)    
Music 1 (Introduction to Music)    
Theater Arts 1 (Theory and Practice of Acting)    
Theater Arts 25 (Fundamentals of Stage Speech) ........ 3 units
     
Second Semester    
Mass Communications 32B (Intermediate Radio Production) ....... 3 units
     
Select one course from the following for 3 units:    
Mass Communications 1 (Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting)    
Mass Communications 7 (Introduction to Public Relations) ....... 3 units
     

Total units required for Certificate
....... 15 units

This certificate is not transcripted. This group of courses provides industry‐based professional development. Individual courses will appear on transcript. See a counselor for further information

 

Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Dean
925.424.1382

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