Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Communications Media/Public Relations

Social Sciences/Career Options

1048 Cedar Hall

319-398-1241

www.kirkwood.edu/careeroptions

Entry time

Fall, Spring or Summer

Award

Associate of Arts degree

2 years (4 semesters)

Associate of Science/Career Option degree is also available. See program coordinator for information.

The Communications Media/Public Relations program provides students with a broad base to enter the communications industry. The program covers journalism, media arts, news reporting and broadcasting, photojournalism, and media sales.

The curriculum combines a strong arts and sciences core along with specific professional courses to serve students who want to pursue four-year degrees or those who plan to seek employment following graduation. This program provides advising to guide students in choosing courses that will meet the requirements of specific transfer institutions.

Career opportunities: advertising, broadcast journalists, broadcast/sound engineering technicians, camera operators/editors, copywriters/editors, technical writers, digital communication, graphic designers, multimedia artists, news analysts/correspondents, radio announcers, photographers, program directors, publishing, public relations specialists, sales.

The Communications Media/Public Relations program has 10 emphasis areas in which students can focus their studies:

Media Account Executive

Media Artist

Media Buyer

Media Writer

Photo Journalist (Photo Communicator)

Print Communications

Public Relations

Radio Announcer/Operator

Radio/TV News Reporter

TV Production Assistant

Required Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester (Fall)

ENG-105

Composition I

3

MMS-101

Mass Media

3

–––––––

Humanities or History/Cultures core

3

–––––––

Math/Science core

3

–––––––

Program elective

3

 

 

15

Second Semester (Spring)

ENG-106

Composition II

3

MMS-131

News Reporting

3

SPC-112

Public Speaking

3

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Math/Science core

3

–––––––

Humanities or History/Cultures core

3

 

 

15

Third Semester (Fall)

MMS-948

Special Projects

1

–––––––

Program electives

12

–––––––

Social Sciences core

3

 

 

16

Fourth Semester (Spring)

MMS-240

Promotions and Public Relations

3

MMS-920

Field Experience

3

–––––––

Program electives

10

 

 

16

Total program credit hours

62