Mass Communication Curriculum - Southwestern Illinois College

Are you planning to earn an Associate in Arts degree and then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Mass Communications? We strongly encourage you to consult with a SWIC Advisor prior to enrolling each semester.  We also advise you to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Arts degree listed in the printed or Online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.

As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:

  • COMM 151 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • MCOM 201 Introduction to Mass Communication
  • MCOM 220, 221 Voiceover

Most four-year colleges and universities will accept the following classes as mass communication major credit:

  • MCOM 230 Introduction to Radio Production
  • MCOM 240 Writing for Media
  • MCOM 255 Broadcast Announcing
  • MCOM 299 Special Topics in Mass Communication
  • COMM 213 Introduction to Public Relations

The optional courses listed below may be applicable toward a baccalaureate mass communication major. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of semester credits taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC Academic Advisor regarding their applicability.

  • ART 240 Digital Imaging
  • ART 230 Advertising Design
  • CIS 164 Internet Essentials
  • CIS 176 Web Development I
  • CIS 257 Electronic Publishing
  • FILM 140 Video Editing I
  • JOUR 101 Introduction to Journalism
  • JOUR 110 Introduction to News Editing
  • COMM 180 Interviewing
  • MUS 152 History of the Recording Industry

Fulfill all other Associate in Arts degree requirements listed in the printed or Online College Catalog.

Apply for graduation by the date published in the College Calendar.

Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.

Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course requisites.