2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Mass Communication, A.A./A.S.

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Major in Tennessee Transfer Pathway with Emphasis in Mass Communication (A.A., A.S.)

Program and Career Description:

The Mass Communication emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelor's degree at a four-year school. Students can pursue careers as a writer, editor, news analyst, as well as a correspondent or desktop publisher. They are also employed in advertising, marketing, promotions, and public relations. Below are some selected occupations.

Career Entry-Level Education Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
Writer/Editors Bachelor's degree $29,430 $42,810 $61,720
Reporters Bachelor's degree $21,000 $29,530 $41,370
Desktop Publishers Bachelor's degree $26,580 $44,520 $60,600

Career and salary information taken from JOBS4TN.GOV. Check out this website for additional information about job descriptions, education requirements and abilities, and supply and demand for these careers. For additional information from a national perspective, go to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Major Required Courses

Mass Communication Electives

Take 2 courses

(Courses offered on a limited basis. Please see your advisor for more information.)

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Mass Communication, A.A./A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 60

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

  • Literature Requirement Credit(s): 3
  • Social/Behavioral Science Credit(s): 3
  • Natural Science Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • Mass Communication Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3 *

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 14

  • Natural Science Requirement Credit(s): 4
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Credit(s): 3
  • Mass Communication Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Electives Credit(s): 3 *


*Note: An elective can be any college-level course.

*If pursuing the A.A. degree, 6 of the 7 elective hours must be one-year sequence of the SAME foreign language. Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at universities include demonstrated competency in foreign language at the intermediate level. Community college students are encouraged to attain intermediate-level competency in foreign language before transferring. Complete information regarding foreign language requirements at each university may be found on the transfer and articulation websites of the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee System. Community college students are encouraged to be familiar with foreign language requirements at the universities and, if applicable, complete the requirements before transferring.

For more information contact:
Anna Robins at
arobins1@columbiastate.edu or 615.465.5761
Humanities & Social Sciences Division office at 931.540.2780

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution. CoSCC- MASS-COMM-02-14-18

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