Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Information Studies and eSociety

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Information Studies and eSociety degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for work in: marketing, social media, libraries, editing, copywriting, public relations, online content creation, and communication. Students will examine their roles as content creators and consumers in a global society, critically engage with information, and communicate and collaborate across diverse populations and platforms. This program also provides university transfer options in addition to workforce preparedness.

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Information Studies and eSociety (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8131
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Program Notes

Students must earn a C or better in all courses within the program.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges to earn a degree with this emphasis.

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply the principles and theories of information creation, information seeking behaviors, and digital communications.
  2. Analyze historical and cultural perspectives of information creation, access, and use.
  3. Articulate the roles of citizens as information creators and consumers in a sustainable global society.
  4. Create, implement, and modify a research plan to meet an information need.
  5. Critically evaluate information in a variety of formats for perspectives, gaps, and influence.
  6. Use information according to ethical, legal, copyright, and policy considerations.
  7. Practice collaborative working relationships across multiple platforms while taking into account communication opportunities and challenges.
  8. Employ appropriate digital tools and media to create professional works in various mediums for diverse audiences.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$58,354

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below, with links to salary information for the United States as a whole (if available):
  • Media and Communication Workers, All Other
* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
IFS210 Information Without Borders: Research in a Global Society Critical course Gateway course G, SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics Or any approved general education course in the Mathematics area. MA 3–6
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3
Lang or Elective Any 101 Level Language course or Elective Course See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency. 3–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
IFS201 Information in a Post-Truth World L, SB 3
BPC110 or
CIS105 or
CSC180
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Literacy CS 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or Equivalent by assessment L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
Lang or Elective Any 102 Level Language course or Elective Course See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency. 3–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
IFS213 Hacking and Open Source Culture H, SB 3
BIO100 or
(CHM107 and
CHM107LL)
Biology Concepts or (Chemistry and Society and Chemistry and Society Laboratory) SQ 4
EDU/HUM/STO292 or
HUM/THF210
The Art of Storytelling or Contemporary Cinema C, HU or HU 3
ECN212 or
MCO120 or
MKT110 or
PHI105 or
PSY132 or
POS210
Microeconomic Principles or Media and Society or Marketing and Social Networking or Introduction to Ethics or Psychology and Culture or Political Ideologies SB or or HU or C, G, SB 3
Lang or Elective Any 201 Level Language Course or Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
IFS215 or
MCO220 or
COM263 or
EDU/HUM/STO292
Cultural Context of Health Information or Cultural Diversity and the Media or Elements of Intercultural Communication or The Art of Storytelling Or equivalent as indicated by assessment C or C, L or C, G, SB or C, HU 3
BIO100 or
(CHM107 and
CHM107LL)
or
AST101 or
(GPH213 and
GPH215)
or
GLG105
Biology Concepts or (Chemistry and Society and Chemistry and Society Laboratory) or Survey of Astronomy or (Climate and Weather and Climate and Weather Laboratory) or Introduction to Planetary Science SQ or SG or SG 4
EDU/HUM/STO292 or
ENH295 or
HUM/THF210
The Art of Storytelling or Banned Books and Censorship or Contemporary Cinema C, HU or HU 3
ECN212 or
MCO120 or
MKT110 or
PHI105 or
PSY132 or
POS210
Microeconomic Principles or Media and Society or Marketing and Social Networking or Introduction to Ethics or Psychology and Culture or Political Ideologies SB or or HU or C, G, SB 3
ECN212 or
MCO120 or
MKT110 or
PHI105 or
PSY132 or
POS210
Microeconomic Principles or Media and Society or Marketing and Social Networking or Introduction to Ethics or Psychology and Culture or Political Ideologies SB or or HU or C, G, SB 3
Lang or Elective Any 202 Level Language Course or Elective Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
IFS210 Information Without Borders: Research in a Global Society Critical course Gateway course G, SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
Lang or Elective Any 101 Level Language course or Elective Course See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency. 3–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT14+ College Mathematics Or any approved general education course in the Mathematics area. MA 3–6
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
IFS201 Information in a Post-Truth World L, SB 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or Equivalent by assessment L 0–3
Lang or Elective Any 102 Level Language course or Elective Course See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency. 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3
BPC110 or
CIS105 or
CSC180
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Literacy CS 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
IFS213 Hacking and Open Source Culture H, SB 3
EDU/HUM/STO292 or
HUM/THF210
The Art of Storytelling or Contemporary Cinema C, HU or HU 3
Lang or Elective Any 201 Level Language Course or Elective If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO100 or
(CHM107 and
CHM107LL)
Biology Concepts or (Chemistry and Society and Chemistry and Society Laboratory) SQ 4
ECN212 or
MCO120 or
MKT110 or
PHI105 or
PSY132 or
POS210
Microeconomic Principles or Media and Society or Marketing and Social Networking or Introduction to Ethics or Psychology and Culture or Political Ideologies SB or or HU or C, G, SB 3
ECN212 or
MCO120 or
MKT110 or
PHI105 or
PSY132 or
POS210
Microeconomic Principles or Media and Society or Marketing and Social Networking or Introduction to Ethics or Psychology and Culture or Political Ideologies SB or or HU or C, G, SB 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
IFS215 or
MCO220 or
COM263 or
EDU/HUM/STO292
Cultural Context of Health Information or Cultural Diversity and the Media or Elements of Intercultural Communication or The Art of Storytelling Or equivalent as indicated by assessment C or C, L or C, G, SB or C, HU 3
Lang or Elective Any 202 Level Language Course or Elective Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ECN212 or
MCO120 or
MKT110 or
PHI105 or
PSY132 or
POS210
Microeconomic Principles or Media and Society or Marketing and Social Networking or Introduction to Ethics or Psychology and Culture or Political Ideologies SB or or HU or C, G, SB 3
BIO100 or
(CHM107 and
CHM107LL)
or
AST101 or
(GPH213 and
GPH215)
or
GLG105
Biology Concepts or (Chemistry and Society and Chemistry and Society Laboratory) or Survey of Astronomy or (Climate and Weather and Climate and Weather Laboratory) or Introduction to Planetary Science SQ or SG or SG 4
EDU/HUM/STO292 or
ENH295 or
HUM/THF210
The Art of Storytelling or Banned Books and Censorship or Contemporary Cinema C, HU or HU 3

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Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Information Studies and eSociety (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=143398).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Information Studies and eSociety program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2021-2022 8/1/2021 – 7/31/2022
2021-2022 (Current)    5/25/2021 – 7/31/2021
2020-2021 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020