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2023-2024 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mass Communications Transfer Pathway (AA)

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No other industry has a more profound effect on everyday life than mass communications. We are constantly exposed to messages from electronic or print media that in some way influences our decision-making. Courses cover the impact of mass communication on society; understanding of media cultures; oral and written communications. Students have the opportunity to be involved in electronic and print media from the moment they step on to campus. From the CCTV newscast to The Cowley Press student newspaper, students can experience the facets of news media. Students learn through practical hands-on experience in addition to classroom instruction preparing them to enter the work force or continue their education at a four-year institution.

Symbol(s) Translation:

(T►) - Kansas Regents System Wide Transfer Course 
($) - Special Funding Identifier

PROGRAM MAP - Mass Communications (AA) 



Pathway Code: MACM

Kansas General Education Core Requirements (35 hours)

Successfully completing 35 hours of approved coursework in the following designated categories will fulfill the requirements of meeting the Kansas System-wide General Education Core.

Basic Skills - English, Communications and Math (12 hours)

Complete 6 credits of English, 3 credits of Communications and at least 3 credits of a College-level Math course that’s most appropriate for the degree and transfer pathway.

Natural & Physical Laboratory Sciences (5 hours)

Complete 5 credits of Lab Science from approved Lab Science Elective(s) (BIO, CHM, GEO, PHS).

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

Complete 6 credits from two different disciplines. (ANT, CRJ, ECO, GEG, MIN, POL, PSY, SOC).

The following elective types are recommended for this pathway:

Arts & Humanities (6 hours)

Complete 6 credits from two different disciplines from approved Humanities Elective(s) . (ART, COM, ENG, FOL, HIS, LIT, MUS, PHO, REL, THE) - Studio and Performance courses cannot be included. 

Literature and a Fine Arts Appreciation course is recommended. 

Additional Institution Core Requirements (6 hours)

To satisfy degree requirements to meet the Kansas system-wide general education core, complete 6 additional credits of approved electives applicable to the transfer pathway.

Recommended courses for this pathway: 

Pathway Required Electives (21 hours)

The Associate of Arts degree requires a minimum of 27 hours of Pathway Electives. Students should work with their advisor and transfer institution to determine the most appropriate courses to complete within this block.  

These courses are required for students pursuing a transfer degree in Mass Communications regardless of their focus area in: Television/Radio/Film; Marketing/Public Relations/Advertising; or Photography.  

Pathway Recommended Electives (6 hours or more)*

Students should work with their advisor to determine if additional electives are recommended based upon their area of focus in Mass Communications in order to meet degree requirements for the chosen transfer university’s program of study. 

Minimum Hours for a Degree 62*

*A minimum of 62 hours is required to earn a Cowley degree; however additional credit hours may be outlined on the transfer pathway to meet the program requirements for a transfer institution. 

Depending on skill level and assessment scores, students may be required to take the necessary basic skill or prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the program courses.

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