Mass Communication Sample Transfer Plan

Mass Communication at Harper College

Transfer to a four-year university to study broadcasting, journalism and more 

Transfer majors  Liberal Arts icon


  • Communication
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Radio/TV/film/digital media

Earn your Associate in Arts degree and transfer to a four-year university to study mass communication. Expand your knowledge of the history, impact and development of media through courses in mass communication, speech and composition.

Practice your skills by getting involved with one of Harper College’s many student organizations, such as the Speech & Debate Team, The Harbinger newspaper or the WHCM 88.3 FM radio station.

You also have the option of earning your BA in Communication and Media from DePaul University by taking classes on Harper’s campus through the University Center.

Sample transfer plan

This sample transfer planning guide meets the requirements of the Associate in Arts degree and follows the Illinois Articulation Initiative mass communication baccalaureate major recommendations. Students choosing to follow this sample plan need to choose the major of Associate in Arts if needing financial aid. Transfer institution requirements may vary - students should check individual college/university requirements before completing the sample plan as outlined. Baccalaureate admission may be competitive. Completion of these courses does not guarantee admission.

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
ENG 101 3

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

Mathematics1 3
MCM 120 3

Description: Examines the history, technical development and cultural impact of the media, including books, newspapers, magazines, radio, sound recording, movies, television, and the Internet; as well as the related areas of public relations and advertising. Focuses on media convergence, trends and issues. Analyzes the impact and effects of the media on our consumer culture and democratic system. Encourages critical evaluation of the media. IAI MC 911

Social and Behavioral Science2 3
SPE 101 3

Description: Theory and practice of oral communications. Development of poise, confidence and skill in speech organization and delivery. Emphasis on frequent speaking, development of standards of criticism and selection and organization of material. IAI C2 900

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
ENG 102 3

Description: Continues ENG 101. Reading literature and writing of various types of prose. Introduces methods used in writing investigative papers. IAI C1 901R

Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor or department chair.

Humanities and Fine Arts3 3
Major Discipline and Transfer Elective4 3
Physical and Life Science5 4
Social and Behavioral Science2 3

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
Humanities and Fine Arts3 3
Major Discipline and Transfer Electives4 6
Physical and Life Science3 3
Social and Behavioral Science2 3

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
Humanities and Fine Arts3 3
Major Discipline and Transfer Electives4 12

1 - Refer to the Associate in Arts degree for approved courses in this category. Students should check the curriculum of the transfer school they are considering.

2 - One course from Humanities and Fine Arts or from Social and Behavioral Sciences must meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement for the Associate in Arts degree.

3 - Select at least one course from Humanities and one from Fine Arts. Interdisciplinary courses may count in either category. Refer to the Associate in Arts degree for approved courses in this category. One course from Humanities and Fine Arts or from Social and Behavioral Sciences must meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement for the Associate in Arts degree.

4 - Choose from program specialty area. MCM 130 and MCM 205 are recommended for Journalism. MCM 156, MCM 200 and MCM 205 are recommended for Radio, TV and Film. MCM 130, MKT 217, MCM 233 and MCM 205 are recommended for Advertising and Public Relations. MCM 130 and WEB 150 are recommend for Multimedia. Refer to the Associate in Arts degree for the approved courses in this category.

5 - Select one Physical and one Life Science course. At least one must include a lab. Refer to the Associate in Arts degree for approved courses in this category.

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Next steps

For more information about mass communication courses at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.