Communications  program

NMC’s Communications program provides ample opportunity to hone your communication skills, no matter the medium.

English program

Polish your writing and reading skills to prepare for careers from teaching and writing/editing to just about any business profession.

World Languages program
World Languages

In a world of global communications, language specialization is important to careers in business, communication and teaching.


You may choose Communications courses to fulfill requirements for other programs or concentrate in one of these four specific areas of study:

  • Public Speaking and Communications Studies
  • English:
    • Developmental Reading and Writing, including classes for English Language Learner (ELL) students
    • College Composition with class sections for ELL students
    • Literature
    • Linguistics
  • World Languages:
    • American Sign Language
    • French
    • German
    • Russian
    • Spanish

Students who choose a concentration are generally planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. While at NMC, these students pursue a general liberal arts curriculum, with electives chosen from their area of interest. If you plan to transfer, consult with counselors and faculty members in your field of interest during your first semester at NMC to familiarize yourself with transfer requirements. Staying in Traverse City and transferring to NMC’s University Center is another option if you wish to continue with a liberal studies curriculum.

Degree Available

Associate in Science and Arts (ASA)

General Education Outcomes

Transfer Options (Follow ASA Degree Requirements)

Online & Other Learning Options

ASA degree — Depending on the transfer college requirements, many required courses can be taken online.

Scholarships & Awards

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