Communications

  • Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Communications

    Program Overview

    The Communications degree program is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Speech Communication, Communication Studies, or a related field. This program covers areas such as mass media, journalism, business writing, podcasting, communication in the modern workplace, and interpersonal communications. Students will develop their writing, speaking and critical thinking skills. The program prepares students for careers in fields such as journalism, media, market research, lobbying, corporate communications, social media management, public relations, and branding.

    This program provides graduates with numerous transfer opportunities to our four-year partners. It also provides local businesses and government with skilled and knowledgeable employees.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of the Communications degree program, students will be able to:

    • Craft compelling, accurate and ethical messages that adhere to styles appropriate to the media for which they are writing and to the public stakeholders for which those messages are intended.
    • Communicate messages in multiple formats, including those casted by way of mobile devices, social media, and other new technologies.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in research and information gathering techniques, including the wide range of digital sources that are available.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the various techniques of presenting messages including, but not limited to audio/video recording and editing, print media and digital media.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in identifying stakeholder publics, developing campaigns to reach those publics and in creating messages that use the appropriate channels for reaching those publics.

Career Options and Occupation Outlook

  • The Communications program is designed to help meet the needs of workforce development and job training for Baltimore City residents by providing coursework leading to an associate degree. This lays the academic pathway for bachelor’s degrees, enabling students to find work in jobs such as: copywriter, journalist, visual communicator, market research analyst, media analyst, lobbyist, film director, speechwriter, press agent, news anchor, corporate communication manager.

    Graduates with an associate degree who do not choose to pursue further education can find employment as a social media communications specialist, public relations specialist, and/or technical writer.

    According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, overall employment in media and communication occupations is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 68,600 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 115,800 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

    The median annual wage for this group was $62,340 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.

Program Faculty

  • Melony Levy, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Liberty Room MNB 154B
    (410) 462-7613
    mlevy@bccc.edu

    Latonia V. Moss, Ph.D., M.A.
    Professor
    Liberty Room Fine Arts Wing 168A
    (410) 462-7668
    lmoss@bccc.edu

    Laura H. Pope, M.A.
    Professor
    Liberty Room MNB 303A
    (410) 762-7747
    lpope@bccc.edu

    Anthony McEachern, Ph.D., M.F.A.
    Associate Dean for the School of Arts and Social Sciences
    Liberty Room MNB 323A
    (410) 762-7783
    amceachern@bccc.edu