Oct 21, 2021
Bachelor of Science
The mission for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication and Media is to provide students with a diverse foundation of skills and abilities on which to build a successful career through advancement in the workplace or to further their education at the graduate level.
The program focuses on a communication and media core comprised largely of persuasive writing, public relations, marketing, news media, e-commerce, and digital media. Critical thinking skills, as well as skills in communication, quantitative, and organizational/systems applications, are also emphasized.
A minimum grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all upper division courses.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the B.S. in Communication and Media program, applicants must satisfy the bachelor’s degree general admission requirements . The Converged Communications B.S. degree program has rolling admissions throughout the term; a bachelor’s degree admissions application may be submitted at any time throughout the term. Apply online at apply.fscj.edu.
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General Education Coursework
Credit Hours: 36
Lower Division Elective Coursework
Credit Hours: 28
Select from any Associate in Arts Elective coursework, Associate in Science Professional coursework, or Associate in Science Professional Elective coursework.
Below are suggested course options that can be used to complement career goals and are recommended for students who plan to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication and Media.
Upper Division Coursework
Credit Hours: 44
A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all Upper Division coursework.
Upper Division Elective Coursework
Minimum Credit Hours: 12
A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all Upper Division Elective coursework.
Total Credit Hours: 120
Credit hours may vary depending on whether a student has satisfied the foreign language requirements of the College.
Foreign Language Requirement for Baccalaureate Degree
Baccalaureate degree-seeking students must meet a foreign language requirement prior to graduation. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing eight semester hours of the same foreign language or sign language. Alternative options that will be considered include the following:
- Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in Florida Statute 1007.262 at bit.ly/FS-foreign-language and DOE Board Rule 6A.10.02412 at bit.ly/FR-foreign-language. The student is responsible to send official high school transcripts to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation.
- Submitting an English translated high school course-by-course transcript from a country of origin, exits test scores or certificates not acceptable. Students must have an English translation performed, at students’ expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Visit naces.org/members.htm for a list of NACES members. Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates at jsilny.com and World Education Services at wes.org.
- Also, appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will be accepted.
Course offered are in American Sign Language (ASL 1140 and ASL 1150 ), Brazilian Portuguese (POR 1120 and POR 1121 ), Chinese (CHI 1120 and CHI 1121 ), French (FRE 1120 and FRE 1121 ), French Conversation (FRE 2210 and FRE 2211 ), French Intermediate (FRE 2200 and FRE 2201 ), German (GER 1120 and GER 1121 ), German Intermediate (GER 2200 and GER 2201 ), Latin (LAT 1120 and LAT 1121 ), Spanish (SPN 1120 and SPN 1121 ), Spanish Conversation (SPN 2210 and SPN 2211 ), and Spanish Intermediate (SPN 2200 and SPN 2201 ) fulfill this eight credit hour requirement. Students may use the ASL prefix course combination to satisfy the foreign language requirements of the College.
Writing and Mathematical Skills Requirement
The Florida State Board of Education Rule regarding the required writing and mathematical skills was revised in December 2005. 6A-10.030 specifies the policies and procedures for implementing the requirement (Table 5).
To receive a bachelor’s degree, students must:
- Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
- Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the selected bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale for an all college cumulative grade point average. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower and upper division courses;
- Earn at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements and any other area designated with a “C” or better in each course.
- Earn a minimum of 25 percent of all credits counting toward the baccalaureate degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville (for example, a minimum of 30 credits for a 120-credit bachelor’s degree). Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
- Fulfill the 36 college credit Florida General Education Requirements (note: 42 semester hours of required General Education for the B.S.N. degree);
- Fulfill the Foreign Language requirement. Students may fulfill the requirement by demonstrating foreign language proficiency (at the intermediate level) equivalent to 2-years in high school or a sequence of two college credit courses in a single foreign language. Alternative options that will be considered include the following:
- Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in s. 1007.262 Florida Statute and State Board Rule 6A.10.02412. The student is responsible for sending official high school transcripts to the Registrar’s office for evaluation.
- Submitting a transcript from the country of origin; exit test scores or certificates not acceptable. Students may be required to have an English translation performed, at students’ expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) (visit naces.org/members.htm for a list of NACES members). Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services.
- Appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will also be accepted.
- Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
- A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
- Students who enter under the (2019/2020) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2019/2020 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
- Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements. Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.