Program Overview

Raritan Valley Community College offers a variety of different concentrations in their Liberal Arts program. One degree program option they offer is the Communication Studies Liberal Arts program. This program is for students seeking to pursue a four-year degree in speech, communication, media production, or journalism. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses in speech, communication theory, mass media, as well as electives in specialized fields such as interpersonal and intercultural communications, journalism, public relations, film studies, and video production.

Students learn the communicative power of images and the impact of mass media on society. Students also learn to recognize where and how communication breaks down and how to apply basic models of verbal and nonverbal communication. Students are encouraged to participate in an internship, co-op, or service learning project in a communication field. Graduates of the program have strong and convincing writing skills and the ability to organize and deliver effective oral presentations.

Although this degree is offered online, a few of the required courses may be only offered onsite at the college. However, RVCC assures that at least 85 percent of the courses are offered online. To prepare students for studying online, RVCC offers special orientation programs that show students how to make the most of their online education.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Raritan Valley Community College is a public, two-year community college located in North Branch, New Jersey. The institution was originally founded in 1966 as Somerset County College. The college was renamed Raritan Valley Community College in 1987 when it became the official community college for two counties: Somerset and Hunterdon. The mission of RVCC is to be “ educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.”

    RVCC offers associate's degree programs and certificates. Several programs can be completed entirely online.


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