Associate in Science (A.S.)
Whether you communicate through a website, on a mobile device, or face-to-face, communication is constantly evolving. Whether you plan to run your own business, write stories as a journalist, or become a broadcaster for a news network—the key to success is effective communication. As a Communications student at FLCC, you'll acquire important oral, written, and visual communication stills, which will prepare you to pursue careers in areas such as broadcasting, journalism, or public relations—or to go on for an advanced degree.
In our degree program, you'll have access to valuable resources such as modern digital media labs, knowledgeable faculty, and internship opportunities. Throughout your studies, you'll utilize our digital media labs—which feature editing systems, state-of-the-art graphics and audio software, a television studio, teleprompters, and digital studio cameras. And, in the classroom, you'll take a core of classes in public speaking, video production, and mass communications. Combined with your coursework, you'll have the opportunity to specialize in an advisement area in digital video or communications.
FLCC's online learning offers you a flexible and convenient way to reach your educational goals. With this option, you can pursue your A.S. in Communications at least 50 percent online. Learn more about FLCC online learning.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:
- Distinguish between the major concepts of interpersonal, group, mass, and public communication.
- Analyze an audience and form a message to effectively reach that audience.
- Form and present a message effectively using video, print, and the spoken word.
- Demonstrate basic journalistic practices and concepts of news writing used across media.
Hands-on learning and field experience are major components of this program. In your degree experience, you'll learn all aspects of digital video production—ranging from planning and writing scripts to shooting, editing, and distributing content across platforms. Plus, you'll also have opportunities to pursue an internship. Students in our program have landed internship roles in advertising, journalism, public relations, scriptwriting, and video production. Internships can be pursued in a variety of areas such as televisions stations, production houses, newspaper facilities, advertisement agencies, and public relations firms.
Graduates have gone on to transfer into related programs at four-year schools such as Brockport, Geneseo, Oswego, Stony Brook University, Ithaca College (The Park School of Communication), Syracuse University (Newhouse School of Public Communications), St. John Fisher College, and Hofstra University. Some have landed positions as producer at Spectrum Cable News, news producer at WROC and WHEC, reporter at the Auburn Citizen, and location manager at the New York film office.
Professors in the Communications program bring experience in news and sports reporting, and in television and radio station anchoring to the classroom. Our faculty includes conference speakers and presenters, as well as a published playwright and a published novelist. In addition to our faculty, our adjuncts also bring valuable experience in radio broadcasting, theatre, management, and education to the program.
"What takes place in the Communications program at FLCC is exactly what takes place in the real world so to speak, and you're getting real workforce experience just months removed from high school. They offer experiences you can immediately put on a resume."