Academic Catalog

Communication Arts - Journalism Option, Associate in Arts (JOUR)

Department website: https://www.dccc.edu/academics/academic-divisions/cah/communication-arts

Effective: Spring 2021

The Communication Arts major at Delaware County Community College blends the theoretical with the practical by providing students with a foundation in the study of human communication that prepares them to continue academic study in the field. In particular, students select specialized programs and related electives by choosing one of three degree program options:  Communication Studies, Journalism, or Theatre. When selecting a Communication Arts program option, including courses and electives, the student should consult four-year transfer institution requirements.

The Journalism option is designed for students who wish to continue academic study in journalism, public relations and/or mass communication. Students contemplating a career in print media, electronic media, photojournalism, or public relations should select this program.

  • Apply basic theories and principles of human communication.
  • Explain the general theory and practices of mass communication, including media forms.
  • Gather, evaluate, synthesize and accurately present and attribute content (text, images, video or sound) from a variety of sources, according to industry standards.
  • Explain and adhere to important legal and ethical guidelines followed by journalists and public relations practitioners.

The College Transfer Office is set up to help Delaware County Community College students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. If you are planning to transfer, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a transfer advisor within your first two semesters (or before you reach 30 transferable college credits from all institutions attended).

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
COMM 100 Interpersonal Communication 3
Select one of the following: 3
American History I  
American History II  
World Civilizations I  
World Civilizations II  
Any transferrable Quantitative Reasoning designated MAT course 1 3-4
Humanities Elective (foreign language recommended) 3
 Hours15-16
Second Semester
ENG 112 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
ENG 130 Fundamentals of Journalism I 3
CS 100
Introduction to Information Technology
or Introduction to Computer Science
3
Any PSY or SOC course 3
Humanities Elective (foreign language recommended) 3
 Hours15
Third Semester
ENG 131 Fundamentals of Journalism II 3
COMM 104 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
Humanities Elective 3
Program Option Elective 3
Any transferable Scientific Inquiry designated science course 4
 Hours16
Fourth Semester
Program Option Electives 3
Humanities Elective 3
Science or Mathematics Elective 3-4
Social Science Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Hours15-16
 Total Hours61-63

Notes

Quantitative Reasoning designated courses.

1

Any transferable Quantitative Reasoning MAT course (not MAT 110 or MAT 125)

Scientific Inquiry designated courses.

Program Option Electives:

ART 236Digital Photography I3
COMM 115Introduction to Public Relations3
ENG 205Creative Writing: Introduction3
ENG 206Creative Writing: Non-Fiction and Memoirs3
IMM 110Multimedia Graphics & Design3
IMM 120Web Page Design and Development3
IMM 201Audio and Video for Multimedia3

Humanities Elective - Transfer Program

This list does not indicate College Academic Learning Goal designation.  Refer to your program curriculum for more information.

For college transfer curricula1:

Courses listed under subjects:
ART 100Art and Child Development (or above)3
COMM 100Interpersonal Communication (or above)3
ENG 112English Composition II: Writing About Literature (or above)3
HUM 100Introduction to Visual Arts (or above)3
MUS 101Fundamentals of Music (or above)3
PHI 100Introduction to Philosophy (or above)3
Foreign Languages:
FRE 101Elementary French I (or above)3
GER 101Elementary German I (or above)3
ITA 101Elementary Italian I (or above)3
SPA 101Elementary Spanish I (or above)3
1

The elective courses listed for transfer curricula are generally transferable to most institutions. However, depending on the program at the transfer institution, the courses may only be accepted as free electives. Be sure to meet with a transfer advisor when planning to transfer.

Social Science Electives - Transfer Program

This list does not indicate College Academic Learning Goal designation.  Refer to your program curriculum for more information.

For college transfer curricula1:

ADJ 240Criminology3
ADJ 260Corrections-Probation-Parole3
ECO 210Macroeconomic Principles3
ECO 220Microeconomic Principles3
EDU 110Introduction to Teaching (or above)3
HIS 110American History I (or above)3
INT 100Student Success3
POL 110Introduction to Political Science (or above)3
PSY 130Personal and Career Development (or above)3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (or above)3
SWO 101Introduction to Social Work and Human Services (or above)3
1

The elective courses listed for transfer curricula are generally transferable to most institutions. However, depending on the program at the transfer institution, the courses may only be accepted as free electives. Be sure to meet with a transfer advisor when planning to transfer.