Lawrence Technological University offers Specs Howard graduates an opportunity to receive an Associate of Arts in Radio and Television Broadcasting.

Training for a career in radio and television? Looking for a way to gain that competitive edge? Consider broadening your knowledge and expanding your career options by completing an Associate of Arts in Radio and Television Broadcasting (AARTB) at Lawrence Technological University. The AARTB can also be used as a stepping stone on your way to earning a Bachelor of Science in Media Communication.

A partnership between Lawrence Tech and the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts makes it possible for students to earn their associate degree by combining the practical knowledge gained at Specs Howard with courses from Lawrence Tech's core liberal arts curriculum and several focused communication courses.  A further benefit is that course work completed for the AARTB is transferable to Lawrence Tech's baccalaureate program in Media Communication.

Students who successfully complete the eight-month curriculum at Specs Howard are eligible to transfer 24 credits toward the 60 credit hours required for the AARTB. Those who have completed Specs Howard's 12-month curriculum can transfer an additional three credit hours. This program is offered EXCLUSIVELY to students who have completed either the 8-month or 12-month curriculum at Specs Howard and is not open for general admission. 

For more information, contact the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication either by email ( or telephone (248.204.3520).

The benefits of the AARTB program at Lawrence Tech go beyond another option for continuing your education. The Lawrence Tech core curriculum provides an interactive engagement with writing, speaking, literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, science, and the arts—the broad intellectual experience and training in analysis and problem solving necessary for success in today's world.  Two additional courses complement the objectives of the Specs Howard curriculum by focusing on the development of specialized communication skills (Writing for Electronic and Print Media and Introduction to Rhetoric).

The goal of the AARTB program is to provide you with the capabilities needed for a successful career, including:

  • highly developed written and oral communication skills
  • a thorough understanding of rhetorical and ethical considerations that play a key role in broadcasting and news presentations
  • courses in literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, science, and the arts, providing a comprehensive, interactive engagement with the ideas and texts that have shaped human civilization.

Your 60-credit-hour program consists of:

Students receive 24 credit hours (awarded as transfer credits) upon completion of an eight-month curriculum at the Specs Howard School of Media Arts. The following 36 credit hours must be taken at Lawrence Tech.

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 Pathways to Research Careers 1
COM 1103 English Composition  3
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
COM 2443 Introduction to Rhetoric/Logic 3
MCO 2543 Writing for Electronic/Print Media 3
MCO XXX3 Media Communication Elective 3
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
MCS 1254 Geometry in Art 4
  Natural Science  3
  Natural Science Lab  1

For more information or to speak with an advisor, contact the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication at 248.204.3520, email, or visit room S225 in the Science Building.