Professional Studies AS – Broadcasting Option

Code: AS.PS.BRCAST

The Associate of Science (AS) degree in Broadcasting prepares students to transfer into the junior year of a baccalaureate program in Broadcasting or a related area such as media, advertising, marketing, and public relations.  In addition, the degree provides students with an understanding of the historical, regulatory, technical, and business components that combine to create the media world of today.  
Broadcasting career options include work in management or administration, sales, engineering or technical support, production and programming.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Learn to compare and contrast mass media to other forms of communication.
  • Analyze the economic foundation of mass media as well as its function.
  • Understand which mass media are government regulated, self- regulated, and protected by the first amendment.
  • Identify the political framework of media in other cultures.
  • Understand how current trends of conglomeration and technological advances are affecting the mass media.
  • Recognize the different formats used to prepare information for print, broadcast and the Internet.
  • Gain an overview of the various laws and ethics that govern the media.
  • Improve writing and critical thinking skills.
  • Explore various career opportunities available in mass media.

Career Pathways

Communication Teachers, postsecondary  Reporter, Correspondent  Radio or Television Announcer 
News Analyst  Editor  Public Relations 
Content Specialist  Writer, Author   

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective* 3-4
  Humanities Elective* 3
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

COM-101Mass Media Communication

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
  General Education Elective*  
  or  
  Free Elective**  
WRT-201English Composition II

3

COM-103Introduction Radio and Television Broadcasting

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
COM-105Radio Production

3

COM-106TV Production I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Electives* 6
  Free Elective** 3
COM-205Advanced Radio Production

3

-or

COM-208Directing for Television

3

COM-207TV Production II

3

-or

COM-111Video Post-Production

3

Total Credit Hours:19

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:11-12

Additional General Education Elective

If needed to reach the Foundation minimum of 30-32 credits, take one course from the BCC General Education course list. If an additional course is not needed for that purpose, then the student must take a 3-credit free elective.

Total Credit Hours:0-3

Total Credit Hours: 30-32

Program Support Requirements


Three general education courses (9 cr.) selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN)
9
  One general education course (3 cr.) to be selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT)
3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Program Requirements

COM-101Mass Media Communication

3

COM-103Introduction Radio and Television Broadcasting

3

COM-105Radio Production

3

COM-106TV Production I

3

COM-205Advanced Radio Production

3

-or

COM-208Directing for Television

3

COM-207TV Production II

3

-or

COM-111Video Post-Production

3

Total Credit Hours: 18

Free Electives**

Total Credit Hours: 3-6

Total Credit Hours: 65-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**Recommended: IST-123 Success 101.