Courses & Programs


The Communication degree explores the role of communication in society and in our everyday lives.

Timothy Cochran

Faculty, Communications, Media, Theater, Arts

Arts and Humanities

Fine and Performing Arts 224

413.552.2484 (Tel)

What will you learn?

The communication program provides a foundational understanding of communication in society and in our everyday lives.


Goals of the program are both skills-based and analytical: to foster effective communication and to develop an understanding of media institution, media history and the effects of media on society and individuals.

What will you do?

This program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university, and is suited for those who wish to pursue careers in the field of: 

  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Communication
  • Theater
  • Education
  • Social Media
  • Film

Explore your options at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center or at What Can I Do With This Major?

60-61 total credits

35-36 credits General Education Requirements + 9 credits Program Requirements

Depending on the course selection 50% of this program can be completed online.


Select four courses from the following. At least two must have a COM prefix.

COM 107  |  Professional Speaking  
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: COM 150

COM 108  |  Media Literacy
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 102

COM 113  |  Journalism I
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101 (same as ENG 113).


EMS 111  |  Introduction to Electronic Media [C]
Credits: 3

COM 122   |  Introduction to Radio Broadcasting
Credits: 3
Recommended: COM 150

COM 141  |  Practicum in Communication, Media, or Theater Arts
Credits: 1-3


COM 142  |  Practicum in Journalism
Credits: 1-3
Prerequisite: COM 113

COM 212  |  Group Dynamics [B]
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PSY 110 or SOC 110 (same as HSV 212).

COM 214  |  Social Media: More Than Just Friends [C]
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: COM 121 or COM 131

EMS 110  |  Fundamentals of Video
Credits: 3

EMS 130  |  Introduction to Digital Audio
Credits: 3

EMS 225  |  Great Film Directors [C] 
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 101

THE 110  |  Fundamentals of Acting [C] 
Credits: 3

THE  218  |  Voice and Diction [C] 
Credits: 3

Any course listed in the catalog is acceptable, as long as it is sufficient to complete the 60-credit degree requirement.  

Program Electives: A maximum of 6 practicum credits can be used towards this degree.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.