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Corporate Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences Transfer Pattern

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Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Transfer Pattern – Corporate Communications

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education courses .

Fall Semester Year 1*

Spring Semester Year 1

Fall Semester Year 2

  • CMNS 101 - Fundamentals of Communication 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences with lab 4 Credits.
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.
  • Program Requirement - first course in Two-Semester Sequence 3 Credits.
  • Program Elective - Corporate Communications Transfer Pattern (see approved list) 3 Credits.

Spring Semester Year 2


General Education - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements:

General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education courses . One course must be a Diversity course.

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.


  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credits.
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (from 2 different disciplines or 2-course sequence, 1 with a lab) 7-8 Credits.
  • Information Technology 3 Credits.
  • Mathematics 3-4 Credits.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Credits.
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credits.

Program Requirements and Electives - 21-24 Credits

Program Requirements:

Two-Semester Sequence

Choose a two-semester sequence from this list.

Corporate Communications Focus:

  • MCOM 111 - Introduction to Broadcasting and Mass Communications 3 Credit(s). **
  • MCOM 112 - Introduction to Applied Advertising, Public Relations, and Marketing 3 Credit(s).

Journalism Focus:

  • MCOM 151 - Introduction to Journalism 3 Credit(s).
  • MCOM 152 - Newspaper Production 3 Credit(s).

Critical Thinking

Choose one from this list.

Program Electives:

Select 12-15 credits from the recommended Communications courses. You may select additional courses if needed to reach 60 credits.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed college coursework at other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101  in the first semester at CCBC. This is a 1-credit class, and it does not count towards the number of credits required for a degree or certificate. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) for this requirement to be waived.

**Indicates a General Education Elective.

Depending on the General Education electives completed, more than 15 credits of Electives may be needed in order to reach a minimum of 60 credits for the degree.

Students are encouraged to take MCOM 111 as their first Mass Communication class.

Suggested Courses for a Corporate Communications focused degree are:

  • MCOM 111
  • MCOM 112
  • MCOM 151
  • CMNS 203
  • CMNS 205
  • CMNS 251
  • MCOM 152
  • MCOM 231

Suggested Courses for a Journalism focused degree are:

  • MCOM 111
  • MCOM 112
  • MCOM 149
  • MCOM 151
  • MCOM 152
  • MCOM 231

Transfer Pattern Description

This degree pattern is designed for students who wish to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in corporate communication, journalism or a related field. To receive an A.A. degree from CCBC, a student must complete 34-36 credits of General Education and a minimum of 60 total credits as required by the Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences, Corporate Communications Transfer Pattern helps prepare students interest in pursuing careers in public relations, media relations, advertising, marketing, event planning and promotions.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences, Corporate Communications Transfer Pattern (Journalism Focus) helps prepare students interested in pursuing careers in print, broadcast and multimedia journalism.

Transfer Pattern Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this transfer pattern, students will be able to:

  1. analyze and create the types of promotional messages organizations produce to achieve their advertising, public relations, and marketing goals;
  2. learn the skills, principles, and ethics of different types of journalistic writing including feature, editorial, and news;
  3. compare how each of the various media delivery systems requires attention to message and audience; 
  4. understand organizational and workplace communication, including formal group meeting planning and execution, leadership styles and influences, conflict resolution strategies, and critical listening;
  5.  develop competence in applying theories of small group communication in the classroom and workplace;
  6. identify a variety of media distribution systems (books, newspapers, magazines, recordings, graphic novels, television, film, and digital media ) in terms of historic significance, audience, regulations, corporate structures, and career opportunities; and
  7. incorporate effective research practices to gather information and synthesize the appropriate information relevant to the specialization of the student’s studies.

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