Communication Studies, an option of the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree program, prepares students to transfer into the junior year at four-year colleges in speech, communication, media production and journalism. It also prepares students for entry-level jobs in some communication fields such as video production, journalism, and media communication. This program includes required courses in speech, communication theory and mass media, as well as electives in specialized fields such as interpersonal and intercultural communications, journalism, public relations, film studies, and video production. At the same time, this program offers students a solid liberal arts education.
Communication students are encouraged to pursue an experiential component in their studies by participating in a co-op, internship, or service learning project in a communication field.
Graduates are able to:
- organize and deliver effective oral presentations
- identify and apply basic models of verbal and nonverbal communication to various communication contexts
- identify and analyze the impact of mass media on society and self
- use communication theory to analyze communication situations within and across cultures
Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities. Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in NJTransfer.org.
NOTE: Students considering transfer to Rutgers University should choose a Global & Cultural Awareness (GCA) General Education course not replicated elsewhere in their curriculum. Students who have already fulfilled the GCA requirement for their Associates of Arts (AA) degree should select an additional Social Sciences or Humanities General Education course.