Program Overview

Richland College currently offers an Associate in Arts Degree with a Field of Study in Mass Communication-Journalism, a program that has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  This degree can be taken through a combination of distance learning and on-campus courses, or (if planned correctly) may be earned completely through long-distance learning. 

The requirements for this degree include a minimum of 62 credit hours which include specified courses.  These include a set of core foundations as well as elective classes.  Core courses include classes such as English, History, and Math, while electives include classes in humanities and a selected language.

There are several required Communication and Mass Communications-Journalism courses to complete this degree.  Besides these requirements, there are three tiers in this curriculum to round out the educational experience.  The first tier involves Core Foundations and includes Critical Reading and Writing, Speaking and Listening (language), Quantitative Reasoning (Math), and Wellness and the Human Experience.  Tier two, (Core Domains) includes Qualitative Reasoning, Humanity, Creativity, and the Aesthetic Experience, Self and Society, and Scientific Discovery and Sustainability.  Finally, tier three (Integrative Learning) includes Critical Issues in Local, National, and Global Contexts. 

Classes are either assigned or selected from each of these tiers in order to complete all the requirements.  A student must also select 3 credit hours from classes of General Electives that do not include certain subjects (see admissions page for those subjects).  

An Associate of Arts Degree is a two year program generally used in conjunction with a transfer to a four-year degree from a college or university.  In order to complete this degree, the student must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.00 as well as earn a “C” or better in certain subjects (see admissions page).  Texas also has certain prerequisites which are included in the Texas Success Initiate (TSI) in order to graduate. 

Students who wish to transfer to another educational institution are advised to work directly with a counselor.  Please note other institutions are not required to accept grades that are below a “C” when transferring.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Richland College is a public, two-year community college located in Dallas, Texas. Richland is a part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). The school was founded in 1972 and is currently the largest school in the DCCCD. Richland helps students build their future through courses that can be applied to the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, one- or two-year certificates in a number of career fields, and training in the latest technology for students who want to advance in their current careers.

    RC offers associate's degrees and career development certificates from the following departments:

    • Business
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts
    • Mathematics, Science and Health Professions
    • Social Sciences
    • World Languages, Cultures and Communications

    RC offers a variety of day, evening, weekend, and online courses leading to over 100 degrees.


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