Many community college students plan to continue their education at a four-year university. An associate degree in communication from SLCC makes the process of transferring to the University of Utah for a communications degree an easy process.
The U of U and SLCC communications faculty have worked out a cooperative agreement for transfer students that earn an associate degree in mass communication from SLCC.
“It’s been great,” said SLCC communications student Colbie Burton. “[The agreement] automatically puts me into the program I want to be in.”
Burton is planning on transferring to the U of U upon completion of her communications degree at SLCC
SLCC and the U of U have a formal articulation for some courses. An articulation means that the course content at one institution is equivalent to the course work at the other.
Communications transfer students benefit from the agreement because it allows them to automatically transfer into the U of U department as a declared major without having to take nine credits hours at the U before applying to the department.
An additional benefit from the agreement is that it allows four additional completed SLCC classes to be transferred to the U of U to be used for bachelor’s degree requirements.
The agreement requires that the communications transfer students earn a communications degree at SLCC, earn at least a 3.2 GPA (cumulative or communications class cumulative), and take the one credit hour Transfer Interest Group (TIG) class, COMM 3060.
The TIG class is offered only during the spring semester at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus and is taught by Dr. Norm Elliot from the communications department at the U of U.
The course is offered by the U of U, but held at a SLCC campus. Students that take the course receive reduced tuition for the TIG course.
The class introduces transfer students to different communications professors at the U of U as well as the universities LNCO (languages and communication) building where the communications department is housed.
“Now I’m familiar with the [university] staff and the campus,” said Burton.
There are six different mass communication emphasis tracks offered at SLCC for an associate of science degree. Like other degrees at SLCC, each emphasis requires 12 credit hours of general education courses as well as 14 credit hours of core classes.
In addition to those courses, students earning a mass communication degree will need to complete between 12 and 15 credit hours of required courses that are specific for each emphasis or track.
For more information about the different communications degree, visit the SLCC website at www.slcc.edu/communication or talk to an academic advisor.
For more information about the transfer agreement between SLCC and the U of U, visit the SLCC communications web page and click on the side bar option “4-year transfers.”