Communications Concentration

Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A.

Communication Concentration

The Communication Concentration, part of the Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. degree program, enables students to gain an understanding of the essential role human communication plays in society, the media, and technology. It develops the oral, visual, and written communication skills necessary for students to succeed in baccalaureate transfer programs in communications related disciplines. By offering students courses that reflect a diverse set of global and cultural perspectives, the program expects students to explore and reflect on the broad expanse of human endeavors.

Mission: The Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. program prepares students for academic success in baccalaureate transfer programs in liberal arts disciplines. By offering students courses that reflect a diverse set of global and cultural perspectives, the program expects students to explore and reflect on human experience.

The program develops in its graduates:

Goal I: Proficiency in communication

  • Proficiency at writing a variety of texts
  • Proficiency at communicating orally
  • Proficiency at communicating in a language other than English

Goal II: Proficiency in reading and analyzing a variety of types of discourse

  • Proficiency at reading and analyzing imaginative literature
  • Proficiency at reading and analyzing descriptive prose (informational literature)
  • Proficiency at reading and analyzing argumentative literature

Goal III: Information Literacy Skills

  • Proficiency at locating, and ethically selecting, evaluating, and incorporating research material from library databases and other appropriate sources;
  • Proficiency at applying citation standards to document sources
  • Proficiency at distinguishing between primary and secondary sources
  • Competence using information in a digital environment

Goal IV: Proficiency at developing, analyzing, and evaluating arguments

  • Proficiency at recognizing the elements of arguments
  • Proficiency at distinguishing between sound & unsound arguments

Goal V: Cultural & Historical Understanding

  • Using discipline-appropriate theories and methodologies to form relevant and reasonable conclusions about diverse historical and contemporary human perspectives and behaviors

Goal VI: Understanding of Civic Responsibility

  • Understanding of the structures, processes, and relevance of political, social, and economic institutions
  • Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of citizens in their societies

Goal VII: Appreciation of Arts

  • Understanding of how different forms of artistic expression inform and enrich the human experience

The Communication Concentration meets the SUNY Transfer Paths for communication, thus allowing students to seamlessly transfer to SUNY four- year institutions as juniors in communications-related majors. It also prepares students for current communication careers in such areas as media management, social media, advertising, broadcast and mass communication, public relations, and new media information design.

For more information on our Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences Communication Concentration please view the degree requirements and contact:
Professor Rae Doyle
Elston Hall, Room 203
(518) 381-1462
doylerm@sunysccc.edu.