Program Overview

Northland Community and Technical College offers an Associate of Arts in Communications and the Humanities for students interested in how communication processes create, maintain, and transform identities and relationships between different groups of people.  To that goal, students should increase their understanding of the humanities and how literature, history, philosophy, and music and their influence as communications mediums. Students should further foundational knowledge of communication theories and research methods with courses that will increase the student’s ability to understand, analyze, and respond to communication problems and opportunities in different contexts. Students may focus on different areas of communication, including organizational communication, small-group communication, interpersonal communication, and communication ethics.

The curriculum focuses on media and styles of communication as well as sources of communication. The curriculum consists of 60 credit hours of classes which include written and oral communications, introduction to philosophy, and public speaking.

Successful graduates should be able to exhibit the necessary qualifications needed for future studies, which include the ability to analyze and practice good communication behavior, and verbal and non-verbal, vocal and non-vocal communication, to categorize and utilize varying levels of human communication from interpersonal communication to mass communication, and understanding of cultures and differences among specific cultures.

Furthermore, students will be expected to display consideration of the effect of culture on interpersonal communication, small group communication, and organizational communication, and to determine the acceptable message development to varying audiences using the selection of the appropriate medium.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1949, Northland Community and Technical College has a main campus located in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and a secondary campus located in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, along with the Aerospace Campus and Roseau Satellite Site. Northland is a two-year, public institution that works in partnership with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to establish and promote transfer agreements into four-year programs.

    Northland offers associate's degrees and certificates, many of which can be earned completely online through the Online Learning department.


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