The Communication option prepares students to transfer into the junior year of a liberal arts baccalaureate program for advanced undergraduate and graduate studies in the field of Communication or other liberal arts major. It includes courses that teach theories, principles and practices of effective and ethical communication in a range of personal, public, visual and mediated contexts. The option in Communication is appropriate for students focusing on many areas of study as well as professional careers. A concentration in Communication is often selected by students going into education, business, marketing, public relations, law, social work, criminal justice and political science.
The Liberal Arts program is an interdisciplinary program that provides an overview of the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Because the liberal arts major covers a broad spectrum of subjects, it prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in such fields as English, history, humanities, journalism, foreign languages, pre-law, literature, psychology, sociology, political science, philosophy, and education. Additionally, the program stresses the following LEAP goals: civic knowledge and engagement—local and global; intercultural knowledge and competence; ethical reasoning and action; and foundations and skills for lifelong learning. It provides a more individualized education and allows the student to develop a course of study by selecting from a variety of General Education Areas.
The Broadcasting option prepares students to transfer into the junior year of a baccalaureate program in Broadcasting or a related area such as media, advertising, marketing, and public relations. It provides students with an understanding of the historical, regulatory, technical, and business components that combine to create the media world of today. Broadcasting career options include work in management or administration, sales, engineering or technical support, production and programming.
The Journalism option includes courses in introductory journalism, media writing, copy editing and print journalism production, the last of which helps produce The Torch, the student newspaper of Bergen Community College. In addition to teaching students the skills needed to report, write and edit news for print media, broadcast and the Web, it links the students and the wider campus community through the student newspaper.
The Cinema Studies option comprises a series of classes within a Liberal Arts context that allows students to learn about how films are made; how significance is created within films; the history of film; and other more specific topics such as American Cinema and Women in Cinema. The program offers Special Topics courses whose topics change; some that have been offered include Films of the 1970s, Film Noir, and Latin American Cinema.