Lower Division Requirements at the Alamo Colleges District for an AA degree
The courses in this section meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts degree. The Graduation section in any catalog of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District lists additional Degree/Certificate Requirements.
Applicable Transfer Credit Hours
This Transfer Advising Guide provides 60 college-level hours, of which 60 will transfer and apply towards the Texas State University baccalaureate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Note: Texas State University accepts a maximum of 66 college-level hours in transfer towards a baccalaureate degree.
Note: For the Alamo Colleges District this transfer advising guide is core complete, degree complete and field of study complete.
*** denotes Milestone Course(s).
A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program as determined by the Faculty of the Alamo Colleges District.
Field of Study Curriculum for Communication
§ denotes THECB Field of Study Curriculum Course
Today’s careers require the ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, and to understand how communication works within organizations and small groups and between individuals. Our diverse, rapidly-changing society rewards those who communicate persuasively and effectively with consumers, clients, and others across cultural boundaries. The Field of Study in Communication prepares students for transfer to a Bachelor of Arts while improving one’s marketability in all careers.
Additional information can be found at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/0905.PDF?CFID=60703186&CFTOKEN=51598729
Special College Admissions Requirements for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Any student admitted to Texas State may declare and be admitted to the program under a temporary status called pre-mass communication. Once a student has accumulated at least thirty credit hours and meets the requirements outlined below, the student will be admitted to the school in full-major status. Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be admitted to the major.
1. An overall GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
2. A grade of a “C” or higher in the following courses or their equivalents:
ENGL 1310 College Writing I (3 Hours)
ENGL 1320 College Writing II (3 Hours)
COMM 1310 Fundamentals of Human Communication (3 Hours)
MC 1100B Grammar for Journalists* (1 Hour)
MC 1301 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 Hour)
*or earn a score of 70 or higher on the school’s Punctuation, Usage and Grammar (PUG) test
Additional Texas State University Advising Notes
Texas State University Admission:
1. Submit a completed application, all supporting documents, including an official high school transcript and transcript(s) from every institution attended and application fee, to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the stated priority date.
2. For students with fewer than 30 transferable hours: minimum 2.0 GPA in all transferable coursework and meet freshman admission standards.
3. For students with more than 30 transferable hours: minimum 2.25 GPA in all transferable coursework, eligible to return to all previous institutions, and be at least one semester out of high school.
Students transferring to Texas State from a community college may elect to follow the Texas State undergraduate catalog that was in effect at the time they enrolled at their community college. Students may also, with the approval of their College Dean, follow a subsequent catalog. Students are reminded to refer to their designated catalog for information related to University requirements for curriculum, graduation, probation/suspension, and other general information.
Using this Transfer Advising Guide with Texas State University
This Transfer Advising Guide represents Texas State University’s degree plan and is subject to change at the university’s discretion. It is intended for advising purposes only so students know exactly which courses they can take at any of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District and have the courses count towards degree requirements when they transfer to Texas State. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned advisor to review all graduation and transfer requirements listed in the Transfer Advising Guide.
The ultimate goal is to provide students with accurate information for transfer pathways while minimizing loss of credits in transfer. Students are encouraged to review Texas State University’s requirements frequently.
Course numbers in italics are Texas State’s course numbers.
This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon Texas State’s 2018-2019 Catalog and is subject to change.
The Alamo Colleges District Advising
Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor about courses and other educational concerns if they plan to pursue a two-year degree program, transfer to another college or university, or simply take a few selected courses. In addition to course and degree requirements, policies and procedures are subject to change; stay informed by meeting with an academic advisor regularly.
Many students who plan to transfer to a university are advised to fulfill the lower-division requirements for the university. With appropriate planning, your Alamo Colleges District team can help make the transfer experience a seamless process. It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they take courses at the Alamo Colleges District that will be accepted by the senior institutions they wish to attend.
For more information contact your Alamo Colleges District team.
Released on September 10, 2018