The Communications AA degree is designed to prepare students for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in one of three focus
areas: Human Communication, Public Relations, or Journalism. Students learn to think, act, and communicate effectively, ethically,
critically, and creatively thereby, enriching their personal and professional lives within a diverse environment. Students select a
specific area of concentration upon admission and then work closely with their transfer institution in coordinating their course
selections. Those students who choose to complete the associate’s degree program have the basic skills necessary to enter the
workforce in a variety of fields related to communication. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg Campus and through
Virtual Learning. Some of the required courses are available at Lancaster, Lebanon, and York campuses.
Career or Transfer Opportunities
Upon completion of a baccalaureate degree, students completing the Human Communication concentration may obtain entry-level
positions in customer service, advertising sales, audience and market research, government, industry, and business. The Public
Relations concentration prepares graduates for work in organizations, institutions, and companies where they are able to contribute to
the planning, development, and execution of an array of communication venues (pamphlets, press releases, newsletters) for an
organization. Graduates of the Journalism concentration may find opportunities as Writers, Reporters, Editors, Videographers and
Photographers at newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and on-line publications.
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II (or) 3
ENGL 104 Technical Writing (or) (3)
ENGL 106 Business Writing (3)
COMM 101 Effective Speaking 3
ENGL 207 Intro to Literature (Core A) 3
MATH 202 Intro to Statistics (Core C) 4
Core A Elective 3
*Core B Elective 3
*Core B Elective 3
**Core C Elective (Math) 3
***Core C Elective (Science) 3
****Science with a Lab 3
Gen. Ed. Transfer Elective (WEB 130) 3
Physical Education & Wellness 1
COMM 110 Introduction to Communication 3
COMM 120 Mass Media and Society 3
COMM 201 Theories of Communication 3
COMM 290 Communication Capstone 1
This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:
• Transfer into four-year colleges and/or universities to earn a baccalaureate degree in one of three concentrated areas: Human
Communication, Public Relations, and Journalism
• Employ the communication skills necessary to engage in diverse personal, professional, civic, and social relationships
• Express their ideas in oral and written messages that are coherent, persuasive, and ethical
• Analyze significant issues in the history, theory, and criticism of human and mass communication
• Apply appropriate technology to the creation and dissemination of messages
• Work with constituencies in ways that reflect an understanding of communication theory
• Employ professional behaviors within their respective fields of study
• Write and speak effectively
• Appreciate accomplishments in the arts and sciences
Apply for a Full-Ride Scholarship
Are you a future student and ready to apply to HACC?
By applying to HACC, you have the opportunity to apply for a full-ride scholarship! HACC will fund two years of your education – enough to complete your associate degree.
Thanks to the support of the HACC Foundation, the College is able to offer FREE money to support future students, like you, in reaching your educational goals. Six full-ride scholarships are available – one from each of the five campuses and one through HACC’s Virtual Learning Program.
Please note that current students are not eligible for the full-ride scholarships. However, there are more than 250 scholarships available for current students.
What should you know about the full-ride scholarship?
The scholarship covers tuition, books and fees for a full academic year.
The scholarship will automatically renew each term for up to six consecutive terms if you maintain your eligibility.
Once you apply to the College and receive a HACC ID and email address, you may apply for the full-ride scholarship. You do not have to register for classes before applying for the scholarship.
Are you eligible?
To be eligible, you must:
Apply to HACC
Take 12-15 credits each term for no more than six consecutive terms (two years)
Live in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill or York county
Have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
Provide a 480 SAT reading score, 21 ACT or comparable scores on the College’s placement test
Maintain a GPA of 3.0 while enrolled at HACC
Participate in at least two HACC student organizations