Communications program students and White Pine Press and NMC Magazine logos


Communicating effectively is increasingly important as the ways of disseminating information continues to change and evolve. NMC’s Communications program provides ample opportunity to hone your communication skills, no matter the medium you seek to use. Areas of study in this program include public speaking, literature, linguistics, and world languages, among others.

You may select courses from Communications in general to fulfill requirements in a variety of programs, or you may wish to concentrate in a specific academic area, allowing you to work toward a bachelor’s degree through a transfer to a four-year college or university. While at NMC, you may pursue a general liberal arts curriculum, with electives chosen from your area of interest.

During your first semester at NMC, consult counselors and faculty members in your field of interest to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the school(s) where you may complete your bachelor’s degree. You may elect to stay in Traverse City and transfer to the University Center.

NMC’s Writing & Reading Center provides free editing help from peer readers.

Looking to gain “real-world” communications experience? Check out NMC’s student newspaper White Pine Press and student publication NMC Magazine.

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Course Descriptions

Program Requirements

NMC Code 704

Communications as a separate field of study may include a variety of careers and specialties, ranging from media and public relations to technical writing. It is also an important component of other programs of study or careers, including computer science, human services, health occupations and art therapy.

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Tuition and Fees

General Academic Programs

Residency Status

Tuition Rate

In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$122.00 per contact hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$261.00 per contact hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$340.00 per contact hour

International Tuition

$383.00 per contact hour

General Fee for all residencies:

Other fee of $33.00 per contact hour is a general fee covering a portion of costs for technology, orientation, placement, career testing, Student Government Association, and other student service activities.

$33.00 per contact hour

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Note: For more information on how COA component estimates are calculated, see the bottom of the Tuition and Fees page.

Enrolled students can find their own calculated Cost of Attendance in NMC Self-Service under Financial Aid. Others can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the total annual cost of attending NMC based on their program and enrollment plans, along with financial aid eligibility.

My NMC Story

“I came to NMC for smaller class sizes because I get more one-on-one interactions with my instructors. I have met many great instructors that have become an inspiration to me. At NMC, I have been able to achieve my entry level class goals while continuing to save for my future education plans.”

Melissa Majszak