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2019-2020 Transfer Advising Guides [Archived Catalog]

Mass Communication (Multiple Concentrations) - AA to BA - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) 2019-2020

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For the following concentrations:

  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Print Journalism
  • Broadcast

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.

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV

Semester V

Semester VI

  • Select an Elective will transfer as UTRGV Elective
  • Select an Elective will transfer as UTRGV Elective

Applicable Transfer Credit Hours

This Transfer Advising Guide provides 69 college-level hours, of which 69 will transfer and apply towards the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley baccalaureate degree in Mass Communication.

Note: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley does not have a maximum number of college-level transfer hours accepted towards a baccalaureate degree.  Students must complete the specified number of advanced credits and credits in residence for their degrees.

Students may still take the following University of Texas Rio Grande Valley degree required course for Advertising and Public Relations Concentration or Print Journalism Concentration:

  • Select an Elective will transfer as UTRGV Elective

Note: For the Alamo Colleges District this transfer advising guide is core complete, degree complete and field of study complete.

Milestone Course(s)

*** 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 (Sub Area: Mass 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 any Bachelor of Arts (BS) or Bachelor of Science (BS) while improving one’s marketability in all careers.

This field of study curriculum is applicable for this transfer advising guide.  Additional Field of Study Curricula information can be found at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website.  However, be advised that the THECB FOS website will only show the most recent Board-Approved FOSCs.  This particular field of study curriculum for Communication with a sub-area in Mass Communication was effective as of October 2003.  If a new FOSC for Mass Communication is board-approved, students enrolling in higher education during or after the “Effective Date” can follow the newest board-approved FOSC.

Field of Study Required Courses (Total Credit Hours: 12):

Total Block of 12 SCH Required: Approved FOS Courses for Mass Communication:

Competency Area 1


6-9 SCH selected from:

  • Intro to Mass Comm. (COMM 1307)
  • Intro to Public Relations (COMM 2330)
  • Intro to Technology & Human Communication (SPCH/COMM 2301)
  • Media Literacy (COMM 2300)
  • News Gathering & Writing I (COMM 2311)*
  • Intro to Advertising (COMM 2327)
  • Principles of Journalism (COMM 2302)
  • Survey of Radio/TV (COMM 1335)

Competency Area 2


3-9 SCH selected from:

  • Editing & Layout (COMM 2305)
  • Interviewing (SPCH/COMM 2316)
  • News Gathering & Writing I (COMM 2311)*
  • News Gathering & Writing II (COMM 2315)
  • News Photography I (COMM 1316)
  • News Photography II (COMM 1317)
  • Photography I (COMM 1318)
  • Photography II (COMM 1319)
  • Radio/TV News (COMM 2332)
  • Writing for Radio, TV, & Film (COMM 2339)

* A course may count toward only one competency area, as designated by the sending institution.

Additional University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Advising Notes

Things to do and remember upon Admission to UTRGV:

  • Make an appointment with the academic advisor of the major, once accepted to UTRGV, in order to clarify department, college and university policies and procedures, to review course sequencing and to help with identifying resources for academic success. A current listing of academic advising centers can be found at
  • Refer to the official source of information on specific courses within the UTRGV requirements for this degree plan from the UTRGV Undergraduate Catalog or visit the web site at
  • Pay close attention to course sequencing and availability at UTRGV as it will affect the time it takes to complete the degree program.

Using This Transfer Advising Guide with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

This Transfer Advising Guide represents UTRGV’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 UTRGV. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned academic 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 UTRGV’s requirements frequently.

Course numbers in italics are UTRGV’s course numbers.

This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s 2019-2020 Undergraduate 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.

Release Date:

Released on February 22, 2021

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