Associate of Arts
with tracks in
Public Relations and Film

What You Will Learn

Effective communication is the cornerstone of personal and professional success. The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree program in Communication at CCM begins with a strong foundation of basic skills that are then applied to advanced studies in communication and media theory.

From culture and entertainment to public relations, advertising, journalism and media production, this program prepares students for excellent career opportunities, including:

  • Advertising & Marketing (Sales & Campaign Development)
  • Film (Film History, Screenwriting, & Production)
  • Multimedia Journalism (Multimedia Writing, Reporting, & Editing)
  • Public Relations (Promotion, Strategic Communication, Political Communication & Crisis Management)
  • Social Media Management (Network Development & Viral Marketing)

Why Study Communication at CCM?

All program-specific courses in the Department of Communication are taught by full-time faculty with outstanding credentials and noteworthy professional achievements. Our professors regularly present their work at academic conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals, edited books and other scholarly sources. They bring a wealth of experience to the program that translates into workforce preparedness for students.

In addition, newly renovated student facilities and workspaces provide students with professional experience right in the classroom. Students work in a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose journalism classroom with access to the full Adobe suite. All Communication students have the opportunity to work in the Alex DeCroce Media Center. The facility features high-definition technology, a digital media editing classroom, a scenery work room, two studio control rooms, a “green room” for guests, and separate teaching and professional studio spaces, each equipped with green screen cycloramas to create a variety of background images for video.

Finally, internships are readily available for second-year students with a competitive grade point average.

Career Opportunities

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Film
  • Journalism
  • Media Research
  • New Media Production
  • Public Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media Management

Tracks (Specialized Courses of Study)

Public Relations Track

The public relations track prepares students for strategic, crisis, and organizational communication in the workforce. Through this course of study, students will gain a better understanding of media relations through analyzing case studies and research that will equip them for transfer or internship positions in the public relations profession.

  • Restricted Elective #1: COM 102: Advertising & Society
  • Restricted Elective #2: COM 103: Introduction to Public Relations

Film Track

Through careful study of cinematic storytelling, the film track is designed to provide students not only with the skills to write a screenplay, but also with the mastery of adaptation, story structure, character development, and dialog ecessary to write their own feature film.

  • Restricted Elective #1: COM 234: Introduction to Film
  • Restricted Elective #2: COM 213: Screenwriting

Where You Can Go

The program prepares students for transfer to four-year state colleges and universities in New Jersey, as well as to other public and private universities. Multiple agreements of articulation exist between the Department of Communication and other local institutions, including:

  • Centenary University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Montclair State University
  • Rider University
  • Rutgers Newark
  • Saint Elizabeth University
  • The College of Saint Elizabeth
  • West Virginia University
  • William Paterson University

Contact Info

Communication Department

DeMare Hall, Room 300

Dr. Thomson Ling

Dean of Liberal Arts