Plan of Study
TCC Associate in Arts in Journalism Mass Communication
NSU Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication – Public Relations option
The Mass Communication program at NSU is designed to train students who want to work in professional mediated communication, which includes the specific fields of journalism/broadcasting, advertising and public relations. Students completing the program will possess a broad set of skills relative to the production of print and electronic mass media. This includes coursework in writing, editing, photography, and web design. Students will also have opportunities to help produce newspapers, online magazines and broadcast programs. The Public Relations option provides for specialized instruction in the production of public relations materials in print and electronic formats.
Transferring to NSU is a seamless process. Although you can transfer to NSU at any time in your academic career, the smoothest transition occurs if you have earned or will earn an A.A. or A.S. from TCC. This milestone will also meet your general education requirements for the Mass Communication major at NSU. You can earn 9 hours of the 45 hours of mass communication courses required for the major at NSU while obtaining your A.A. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. These 9 hours are listed on the plan of study on the next page.
What it takes to complete a B.A. in Mass Communication from NSU. If you don’t complete your A.A. or A.S .at TCC, you will need to meet Northeastern’s specific general education requirements. You must have at least 124 hours completed to earn a B.A. in Mass Communication. Of those hours, 60 must be from a four-year college or university and 40 must be junior and senior (3000/4000) level. You must be English proficient; this means that you must pass English composition I & II with a “C” or better. Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will likely need to complete 60 to 64 more hours in order to earn your B.A. in Mass Communication. All courses counting toward the Mass Communication major must be passed with a grade of "C" or better. Students in the Mass Communication program complete a 30 hour common core and 15 hours in the area of specialization (Journalism/Broadcasting, Advertising, Public Relations). The Mass Communication major requires the completion of an 18 hour minor in another discipline of your choice.
How do my TCC classes transfer to NSU? Each class you take at TCC will count in one of the following categories that make up a bachelor’s degree: general education, major, minor, or free elective. You probably already know about general education and major classes, but minors and free electives are unique to bachelor’s degrees. A minor is 18 hours from an academic area of your choice, and it is designed to complement your major. Your advisor will help you determine your minor and the classes you will take to complete it. Free electives are extremely flexible and can be selected from any academic area. However, be aware that if not chosen carefully, free electives may not count toward the 124 hours needed for graduation. Always consult your advisor on the viability of any free electives taken. If you completed a class at TCC that does not meet one of the other specific requirements, it will count in the free elective category, up to the first 64 hours. If you have completed more than 64 hours at the associate degree level, all courses will transfer to NSU, but only the first 64 hours will apply to your degree. This is because you must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree.
When can you start taking NSU classes? You can begin taking classes at NSU while you are completing your A.A. or A.S. at TCC. This is called dual enrollment, many students do this each semester. Consult an NSU academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to see how dual enrollment can work for you. For more information please call 918-444-3617 or visit the Mass Communication program.
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