Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Communications Option

Division of Humanities — Curriculum Code: 019C

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree


Why major in Communications?

This program is designed for students interested in gaining a general working knowledge of the media and communications industry or who intend to transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree in this rapidly expanding field. Communications and media-related studies include television production, film production, radio production, and mass communication. Since Communications is technology driven, it involves working with applications and elements that are ever changing. At ECC, the program utilizes state-of-the-art broadcast equipment to provide students with knowledge in producing, writing, directing, editing, technical operations, and announcing. With advanced degrees and relevant job experience, students can secure rewarding positions in each of these areas. Administrative support and assistant positions are also available to qualified individuals.

If I major in Communications, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The program prepares you for transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to complete a bachelor’s degree in the field. ECC’s transfer/articulation agreements with area four-year institutions provide smooth transfer experiences for our A.A. graduates.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. You also need a grade of “C” or better in ENG 101 before taking most of the courses required in this program.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Program Coordinator at (973) 877-1937.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the techniques and principles of television, film, or radio production and post-production;
  • Analyze and explain various media, their histories and relation to society;
  • Critically analyze the functions of form, storytelling, and narrative elements within a film;
  • Produce acceptable written content for various media utilizing appropriate professional formats; and
  • Operate audio and production and post-production equipment and software to create media.



(45 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)

ENG 101, ENG 102, and ENG 109 (three 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)

Choose one math course and a lab science sequence or two math courses and one lab science course from the following:

Math: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (9 credits)

Choose two of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (two 3-credit courses)

And choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following history sequences: HST 101 – HST 102, HST 111 – HST 112, HST 121 –HST 122, HST 131 – HST 132, HST 134 – HST 135, HST 136 – HST 137, or HST 161 – HST 162 (two 3-credit courses)

Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one additional (non-repeated) course from the following: ANT 101, ANT 105; ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200; CIN 103; ENG 205, ENG 215, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 263, ENG 264; HST 121, HST 122, HST 137; MUS 117; PSY 232; REL 105; SOC 108, SOC 205, or SOC 207 (one 3-credit course)


(12 credits)

ENG 151  Mass Communication (3 credits)
Choose any three of the following Cinema or Communications elective courses: CIN 101 Introduction to the Art of Film, CIN 103 History of African-American Film; CMS 110 Fundamentals of Television Production, CMS 113 Writing for Film and Television, CMS 121 Fundamentals of Filmmaking, CMS 136 Radio Broadcasting and Production, CMS 210 Television Production II, and/or CMS 219 Video Production (three 3-credit courses)



(6 credits)

Choose two free electives (two 3-credit courses)


Total Credits Required for Degree: 63



First Semester
ENG 101  College Composition I (3 credits)
ENG 151  Mass Communications (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102  College Composition II (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)
Cinema or Communications elective (3 credits)

Third Semester
ENG 109  Effective Speech (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)
Cinema or Communications elective (3 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
Literature requirement (3 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)
Diversity requirement (3 credits)
Cinema or Communications elective (3 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.


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