The ECC Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Journalism and Mass Media Communications prepares students to transfer and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Media Communications-related fields. The program of study consists of the general education core classes plus specific electives, including introductory courses in media studies and production. Those pursuing a degree in Journalism and Mass Media work closely with their instructors and advisors to choose courses that will challenge them and help them grow, all while transferring seamlessly to four-year colleges and universities.
ECC is proud to have a transfer agreement with the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Students who wish to pursue this transfer option should work closely with their advisor to follow a specific program of study.
Common elective choices for students who want to concentrate in Journalism and Mass Media include:
- Honors Composition
- Intro to Mass Media Communications*
- Diversity in the Media*
- News Writing*
- Applied Journalism
- Intro to Film Studies
- Photography and Video Courses
- Creative Writing
- Technical Writing
- Literature and Humanities Courses
- Political Science, Government and Economics Courses
- Foreign Language
* Articulated with the Missouri School of Journalism
Students at ECC have a wide range of opportunities to be involved in media production. ECC Student Media produces the student newspaper, the Cornerstone (in print and online); and an arts and culture magazine, the Cusp. The ECC Film and Lecture Series features critically acclaimed documentary and narrative films, scholars, authors, and journalists. Students can also get involved in the ECC Literary and Art Review by submitting work and helping create the publication, and the ECC English Department holds a Writing Contest in the fall and spring semesters, which awards students cash prizes and publication opportunities for creative and academic writing.
Obtaining a degree in Journalism and Mass Media opens up a world of possibilities for graduates. Journalism and Mass Media majors work as copywriters, broadcast journalists, newspaper reporters, editors, producers, designers, photojournalists, investigative journalists, art directors, arts and culture writers, magazine writers, multimedia producers, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, public relations specialists and marketing and advertising specialists. The degree also gives students a strong foundation for many career paths with its focus on research, writing, law, ethics and technology.