El Paso Community College now offers a new, transferable Associate of Arts degree (AA).This new degree replaces the previous AA degree, as well as the traditional majors within that degree. Instead, students can choose an area of concentration or a Field of Study within the AA degree.
The new degree features blocks of instruction in seven key academic areas which is the 42-hour core curriculum. Once a student has successfully completed all the courses in the core curriculum with an average of "C" or better, that block of courses is fully transferable to any Texas state-supported college or university. The student can earn the AA degree by completing an additional 20 semester credit hours of elective courses from one or more of the academic areas of concentration or Fields of Study.
Mass Communication courses prepare those students who will transfer into a Bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution. The program also prepares students for entry-level positions in electronic media, journalism, advertising, public relations and corporate communications. The various courses offered through this area of concentration will introduce students to news and information gathering, interviewing, editing and writing in the field of print journalism, as well as the radio, television, cable and web industries. Students should work closely with a faculty member or academic counselor to develop a program best suited for their needs.
Students should carefully review the new core curriculum and the areas of concentration, meet with an El Paso Community College academic counselor and contact the college or university to which they plan to transfer before choosing an area of concentration or Field of Study.
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