Mass Communication
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Contact: Kathy Brooks, Department Chair • • 301-846-2635 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Kathy Brooks, Department Chair
301-846-2635

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Mass Communication Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Arts & Humanities (Transfer) Mass communication careers often require specific expertise, so this program offers concentrations of courses leading to applied knowledge in areas such as graphic design, digital video production, and technical communications. This concentration outfits the student with practical knowledge to prepare students to continue media studies at other universities.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
3 Gen Ed Core Arts Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
4 Departmental Requirement COMM 111 - Introduction to Mass Communication   3 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core Humanities Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core Communications Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
8 Departmental Requirement GRPH 111 - Graphics Design I   3 Credits
9 Departmental Requirement ENGL 219 - Technical Writing   3 Credits
10 Departmental Requirement Choose an elective*   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective w/lab (Gen Ed course list)   4 Credits
12 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (in a different discipline from first)   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor   3 Credits
14 PHED/HLTH/NUTR Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1 Credit
15 Departmental Requirement FILM 144 - Digital Video Production   4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Gen Ed Core Gen Ed Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement Choose an elective*   3 Credits
18 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
19 Departmental Requirement Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor   3 Credits
20 Departmental Requirement Choose an elective in consultation with an advisor   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.

*Choose two courses from HUMN 104, GRPH 112, GRPH 114, GRPH 132, ENGL 241, ENGL 212, COMM 105, COMM 107, BMGT 221, and BMGT 225


Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.·
One course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement.

CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://artsys.usmd.edu/
 

In some General Education categories (Mathematics, Biological & Physical Sciences), a 4-credit course selected from the GenEd course list will satisfy the requirement in place of a 3-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting these courses.
 

For the Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement, a 3-credit PHED, HLTH, or NUTR course may satisfy the requirement in place of a 1-credit course. Students should check with an advisor before selecting this course.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 101. Students must complete a minimum of nine credits at the 200-level.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills for communication in personal, public, and media areas
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills for communication in personal, public, and media areas.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of mass communication from a variety of philosophical, historical, theoretical and practical perspectives.
  • Analyze, describe and interpret the mass media content in the context of global society
  • Demonstrate the ability to gather and evaluate in-depth information from diverse, field-appropriate books, journals, databases and Internet sources.
  • Analyze effectively the potential consequences of newly emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of communication technologies and processes and the ways in which this history has affected individuals and society.
  • Demonstrate enhanced analytical, critical and performance competencies that will assist students in participating effectively in a multimedia platforms. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and design emerging media products, including blogs, digital audio, digital video, social media, digital photography, and multimedia.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)
 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
General Education Core Course List

For related non-credit continuing education and workforce development programs, see Related Program. While continuing education and workforce development courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible and rewarding programs, with select courses offering industry recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
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