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2021-2022

Mass Communications with a concentration in advertising, Bachelor of Science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Social Science (Thomas Nelson Community College)
Thomas Nelson Community College
Thomas Nelson Community College
Program description

The Robertson School of Media and Culture prepares effective and skilled communicators through quality instruction, advising, and student services based on real-world applications. Through research, professional service and scholarship in applied communications, the school advances the knowledge, and practice of a multidisciplinary and evolving media environment. The School values truth, ethics, creativity, innovation, collaboration, cultural diversity, shared governance, and community engagement.

Career opportunities

The concentrations in advertising prepares students for careers at advertising agencies, marketing departments of corporations or service organizations, and media companies. These concentrations are a training ground that prepares students to join the world community of media practitioners and are centered on professional practice, studio intensive coursework, and experimental collaboration.


The concentrations in journalism train alumni for competitive careers in print and video media and in such places as print and video newsrooms, digital news, magazines, and special interest publications. The concentrations in journalism are transferable to many other fields like law, business, or government service. 


The concentration in media production prepares graduates to work as content creators in in film and television, sports media, local or national production studios, and online productions.


The concentration in public relations prepares graduates to successfully enter the public relations field. Graduates can be found representing professional sports teams, global clothing manufacturers, Hollywood production studios, energy companies, hospitals, international non-profits and small businesses. The public relations profession calls for professional communicators; all organizations, big and small, must communicate with audiences to succeed.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Art Director
  • Broadcast News Analyst
  • Development/Fundraising Manager
  • Digital Specialist
  • Grant Writer
  • Media Relations Coordinator
  • Nonprofit Communications Manager
  • Radio and Television Announcer
  • Videographer
  • Visual Effects (FX) Artist
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Brand Manager
  • Director of Digital Media
  • Experience Designer
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • STAT 208 or STAT 210
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5+ cumulative GPA, 2.5+ major GPA

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2021-2022

Mass Communications with a concentration in advertising, Bachelor of Science

Thomas Nelson Community College (Associate of Science: Social Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Advertising through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
Experience Year 2
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Explore the VCU Robertson School website to become familiar with upcoming course offerings, syllabi and professors.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Robertson School and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Robertson School-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Advertising through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Explore the VCU Robertson School website to become familiar with upcoming course offerings, syllabi and professors.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Robertson School and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Robertson School-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Mass Communications with a concentration in advertising, Bachelor of Science

Thomas Nelson Community College (Associate of Science: Social Science)

Thomas Nelson Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MATH 131 3 General education
Social Science Select 1: PSY 200, SOC 200, PLS 135, 241 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Humanities Select 1: PHI 101, 111, 220; ART 101, 102; MUS 121; REL 231, 232 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Wellness elective Wellness elective VCU equivalent 1 Elective
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking SPCH 121 3 Elective
ENG 112 College Composition II UNIV 200 3 General education
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Major (Ancillary)
Social Science ECO 120 Survey of Economics ECON 203 3 Major (Ancillary)
Transfer elective Transfer elective (Recommend CST 114 Survey of Mass Media through distance learning with John Tyler Community College) VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Laboratory Science Select 1: BIO 101, 107, CHM 101, CHM 111, GOL 105, PHY 101, PHY 201 VCU equivalent 4 General education
Elective Transfer Elective (consider taking World Language I; see note below about foreign language requirement at VCU) VCU equivalent 3 to 4 General education
History HIS 121 U.S. History I HIST 103 3 Major (Ancillary)
Social Science PLS 135 American National Politics POLI 103 3 General education
Elective Transfer Elective (consider taking World Language II; see note below about foreign language requirement at VCU) VCU equivalent 3 to 4 General education
Laboratory Science Select 1: BIO 101, 102,107, CHM 101, CHM 111, 112. GOL 105, PHY 101, PHY 201, 202 VCU equivalent 4 General education
History HIS 122 U.S. History II HIST 104 3 Major (Ancillary)
Humanities ART 102 History and Appreciation of ART II ARTH 104 3 Major (Ancillary)
Literature Select 1: ENG 200-level literature ENGL 3 Major (Ancillary)
Social Science Select 1: GEO 200, 210, PSY 200, 235, SOC 200, PLS 135, 241 VCU equivalentr 3 Elective
Thomas Nelson credits transferred to VCU 61 to 63
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
Bachelor of Science: Mass Communications with a concentration in advertising/creative
Foreign language through the 102 level. (If not completed at TNCC) (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8 General education
MASC 101 Mass Communications (if CST 114 is not taken; see note above about taking CST 114) Note: recommend taking class in the summer prior to fall enrollment at VCU if not taken at community college 0 to 3 Major (Ancillary)
MASC 300 Technical Prowess 3 Major
MASC 390 Ethical Problems in Mass Media 3 Major
MASC 408 Communications Ethics and Law 3 Major
MASC 493 Fieldwork/Internship 3 Major
MASC 499 Career Minded 3 Major
MASC 201 Curiousness 3 Major
MASC 204 Story (or MASC 203 Journalism Writing) 3 Major
MASC 380 History of Advertising 3 Major
MASC 392 Perspicuousness 3 Major
MASC 394 Imagination 3 Major
MASC 450 Style 3 Major
MASC 451 Invention 3 Major
MASC 481 Completeness 3 Major
MASC Select two upper-level MASC electives (300- or 400-level) 6 Major
MASC 274 Diversity in the Media 3 Major (Ancillary)
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3 Major (Ancillary)
POLI or URSP Upper-level POLI or URSP course (300- or 400-level) 3 Major (Ancillary)
ENGL Upper-level ENGL literature course (300- or 400-level) 3 Major (Ancillary)
Open electives 0 to 3 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 57 to 59
Bachelor's degree total 120
Bachelor of Science: Mass Communications with a concentration in advertising/strategic
Foreign language through the 102 level. (If not completed at TNCC) (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8 General education
MASC 101 Mass Communications (if CST 114 is not taken; see note above about taking CST 114) Note: recommend taking class in the summer prior to fall enrollment at VCU if not taken at community college 0 to 3 Major (Ancillary)
MASC 300 Technical Prowess 3 Major
MASC 390 Ethical Problems in Mass Media 3 Major
MASC 408 Communications Law 3 Major
MASC 493 Fieldwork/Internship 3 Major
MASC 499 Career Minded 3 Major
MASC 201 Curiousness 3 Major
MASC 204 Story (or MASC 203 Journalism Writing) 3 Major
MASC 380 History of Advertising 3 Major
MASC 398 Awareness 3 Major
MASC 399 Empathy 3 Major
MASC 459 Judgment 3 Major
MASC 481 Completeness 3 Major
MASC Upper-level MASC electives (300- or 400-level) 9 Major
MASC 274 Diversity in the Media 3 Major (Ancillary)
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3 Major (Ancillary)
POLI or URSP Upper-level POLI or URSP course (300- or 400-level) 3 Major (Ancillary)
ENGL Upper-level ENGL literature course (300- or 400-level) 3 Major (Ancillary)
Open electives 0 to 3 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 57 to 59
Bachelor's degree total 120