Central Penn College - Communications Associate Degree Program

Central Penn College

 

Associate Degree

Communications

The Associate in Science degree in Communications prepares students to communicate effectively using a variety of media. Central Penn's Communications program provides students with the main skills and experiences necessary to succeed in this career. 

You Will Learn

This degree program will help students learn public relations, journalism, multimedia productions and other areas of communications. 

  • Learn how to write press releases and other written communications 
  • Identify and solve professional problems in areas of public relations, multimedia, desktop publishing, journalism, and advertising 
  • Develop a professional portfolio 
  • Differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable media copy and materials by applying industry standards 

Potential Careers 

  • Radio and Television Announcers
  • Public Address System and Other Announcers
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Writers and Authors
  • Copy Writers
  • Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

Job Outlook 

Employment is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2014. Opportunities should be best for college graduates who combine a degree in journalism, public relations, advertising, or another communications-related field with a public relations internship or other related work experience. With the increasing demand for corporate accountability, more emphasis will be placed on improving the image of the client, as well as on building public confidence. 

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here.

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Internship/Capstone Course

As a career-oriented college, and in addition to our hands-on curriculum, Central Penn requires all students to complete an internship or capstone course. This opportunity allows students to participate and experience their future careers in the real world. Internships are 180 hours in length and include a research project tailored to the individual's career path. 

Continuing education and online students may complete a capstone course in place of the traditional internship. This can be done at both the associate and bachelor’s degree level. This course requires an extensive research project and paper related to the student’s chosen career path.

Middle States Accreditation

Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000). The Middle States Commission (www.MSCHE.org) on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Approved by: the Secretary of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to award the Master of Professional Studies degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, the Associate’s in Science degree, and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Academic Road Map

Roadmap: A.S. in Communications

Department of English and Communication

Catalog Year: 2017-18 

This Roadmap is a recommended term-by-term plan of study for this major. However, courses and milestones designed as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.                          

*indicates a prerequisite course to remaining core courses

CRITICAL

COURSE SUBJECT AND TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

MIN. GRADE

PREREQUISITE

NOTES

TERM 1

!

IDS 101 – CPC Foundations

3

 

 

 

!

ENG 101 – College Composition I

3

C

 

 

 

PSY 100 – Psychology or SOC 100– Sociology

3

 

 

 

 

COM 100 – Survey of Mass Communication

3

 

 

 

 

COM 101 – Intro to Human Communication

3

 

 

 

TERM 2

!

ENG 102 – College Composition II 

3

 

ENG101

 

 

MTH 101 – College Business Mathematics

3

 

 

 

!

COM 130 – Public Relations*

3

 

Co-req 140

 

!

COM 140 – Media Writing*

3

C

Co-req 130

 

TERM 3

 

TEC 103 – Survey of Windows

3

 

 

 

 

100 level+ Open Elective

3

 

 

See catalog

 

COM 115 – Digital Image Editing or

COM 112 – Digital Photography

3

 

 

 

 

COM 215 – Communications Ethics

3

 

COM140

 

 

BUS 250 – Advertising

3

 

 

 

TERM 4

 

MTH 200 – Statistics

3

 

MTH101

 

 

200 level+ HIS/POL/PSY/SOC

3

 

 

See catalog

 

COM 112 –Digital Photography or

COM 115 – Digital Image Editing

3

 

 

 

!

COM 220 – Journalism I*

3

 

 

 

 

COM 225 – Writing for Public Relations

3

 

COM130

 

TERM 5

 

COM 245 – Opinion Writing

3

 

COM220

 

 

COM 320 – Feature Writing

3

 

COM220

 

 

100 level+ Open Elective

3

 

 

See catalog

TERM 6

 

COM 340 – Communications Law

3

 

COM140

 

 

COM 230 – Desktop Publishing I

3

 

COM140

 

CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

!

INT 299 – Associate Internship and STS300

 or

IDS299  – Associate Capstone

3 / 1

 

 

Advisor pre-approval required

4

 

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

MINIMUM TOTAL HOURS

GENERAL EDUCATION HOURS

COM CORE HOURS

MINIMJM

MAJOR GPA

OVERALL GPA

76

36

40

2.0

2.0

 

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