NMC transfer guide - MACRAO

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: Communications

Prepares students to become human relations specialists in industry, the media, and government as well as for graduate study. Graduates pursue careers in sales, fund raising, corporate recruiting and training, customer relations, public relations, and government.

Students enrolled in the Communications major are encouraged to structure their programs to include courses in one of the following emphases: business, telecommunication, mediation and dispute resolution, culture and diversity theory, research, or prelaw.

A specialization in Public Relations is available to MSU students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. This specialization offers an enhanced and diversified skill base and is a desirable addition.


  1. Admission Applications - MSU prefers students to submit applications online at admissions.msu.edu/apply.asp
  2. GPA - 2.5 or higher.
  3. Junior Status - Students admitted into the Communication major program must have Junior standing (56 acceptable credits).
  4. Transfer Credits - 60-64 credits is the maximum amount of credits students should take at NMC. MSU requires that one half of degree requirements be completed at a 4-year school. Students who accumulate more than 60-64 credits at NMC are still held accountable for completing one half of their degree at a 4-year school.
  5. Transfer Grades - Courses with grades below 2.0 are not transferable to MSU.
  6. Dual Enrolled Course Policies - College courses counted toward "core" high school requirements may not transfer to MSU. For Dual Enrollment questions, contact MSU's transfer credit evaluators via e-mail at traneval@msu.edu.
  7. Transfer Visitation Program - Visit MSU online to make a reservation.


The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill requirements at MSU. If your goal is to complete an Associate degree before transferring, visit with an NMC counselor for assistance.



ENG 111, 112

English Composition



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Special Note: NMC highly recommends that one of your choices be either HST 111 or HST 112 U.S. History. Although it is not absolutely required, taking U.S. History eliminates having to take an integrated writing & humanities course at MSU. Without a U.S. History course, transfer students can expect to take IAH 201 at MSU.


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Social Science

Four semester credits equivalent to any 200 – level ISS course at MSU. An additional 300-level social science course must be completed at MSU.

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Students who complete MTH 121 College Algebra at NMC will receive enhanced admissions consideration. Students who delay starting math at NMC risk admission consideration at MSU. This can be met in one of the following ways:

  1. Testing into MSU's MTH 132 on competency test taken at MSU.
  2. Completing MTH 121 College Algebra.
  3. Completing MTH 140 College Algebra & Trigonometry.




Courses required for the major may NOT be counted toward the BASIC REQUIREMENTS listed above.

ECO 201 & 202

Macro & Micro Economics - required for the business emphasis


PHL 105

Critical Thinking


ENG 224

Journalism Fundamentals - recommended for the Public Relations Specialty


CIS 100

Intro to Computers in Business


Recommended Communications Electives

COM 101

Intro to Communications


COM 111

Public Speaking


COM 201

Mass Communication & Culture


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.

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