NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Central Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Journalism

CMU's Department of Journalism offers several areas of study, including: Advertising, News Editorial, Online Journalism, Photojournalism, and Public Relations. CMU's program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. For more information, call (989) 774-3196.

Admission Criteria

  1. An overall GPA of 2.5 is required for all journalism courses counted toward major.
  2. Courses with a GPA below 2.0 will not transfer.
  3. Programs in journalism at CMU offer both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Please meet advisors at NMC and CMU to discuss your preferred option.
  4. This is becoming a limited enrollment program and CMU recommends you transfer after one year at NMC. Consider completing MTA and transferring to CMU. Contact CMU as early as possible while at NMC.

Basic Requirements

Completion of basic requirement courses at NMC will fulfill general requirements at CMU. Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".



ENG 111, 112

English Composition I & II




Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Humanities List »


Natural Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Natural Science list including one LECTURE/LAB »


Social Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Social Science list »




Select MTH 120 or above from Group 1 Math list »


Major And Additional Requirements


COM 111 & 201

Public Speaking & Mass Communications


MTH 111

Intermediate Algebra


CMU's Quantitative Reasoning (QR) requirement can be met at NMC with MTH 131, PHY 121 or PHY 221. MTH 131 cannot count toward both the QR requirment and the math requirement for CMU.

ENG 224

Journalism Fundamentals


At CMU you will have to choose a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

BACHELOR OF ARTS – Students pursuing this degree should complete 2 years of a foreign language at the college level. Additional courses will be required, but due to the complexity of the requirements, it would be best to work with an Advisor at NMC and CMU.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – Students pursuing this degree will be required to take Humanities and Social Science courses in addition to the courses taken to satisfy the MTA. Listed below are courses you may select to complete most of the requirements. Keep in mind that it is important to work with Advisors at both NMC and CMU when selecting courses from the following areas:

Area 1: Humanities

Select 6 credits from any department(s) listed below:

  • Art (ART)
  • English (ENG)
  • French (FRN)
  • Humanities (HUM)
  • Music (MUS)
  • Philosophy (PHL)
  • Spanish (SPN)
  • Theater (THR)

Area 2: Natural Science

Select 6–12 credits from any department(s) listed below:

  • Astronomy (AST)
  • Biology (BIO)
  • Chemistry (CHM)
  • Environmental Science (ENV)
  • GEO 105
  • MTH 131
  • Physics (PHY)

Area 3: Social Science

Select 6 credits from any department(s) listed below:

  • Anthropology (ANT)
  • Economics (ECO)
  • Geography (GEO) – excluding GEO 105-105L
  • History (HST)
  • Political Science (PLS)
  • Sociology (SOC)

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Spring 2015

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