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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

The Mass Communications program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the principles of mass communications as well as experience in the application of these principles to the campus newspaper, the Express. Classes can be applied to meet transfer requirements at four-year institutions and for entry into careers in the media, such as reporting, public relations, print production, copy editing, and editing.

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.

Freshman Year

  • ENG 1A (Critical Reading and Composition) 3 units
  • MSCM 1 (Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting) 3 units
  • MSCM 5 (Introduction to Mass Communications) or
    MSCM 31 (Introduction to Media) 3 units
  • Electives* 3 units

Sophomore Year

  • MSCM 72 (Beginning Photojournalism) or
    PHOTO 72 (Documentary Photography) or
    MSCM 35 (Introduction to Multimedia Reporting) 2 - 3 units
  • Electives* 9 units
  • Total units required 23 - 24 units

* 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

Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure

Use the link below to view Las Positas Community Colleges Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program.

For more information please contact:

Melissa Korber
 mkorber@laspositascollege.edu
 925-424-1286