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Lawrence Technological University offers Specs Howard graduates only 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.


Why Choose Lawrence Tech's AARTB Program?

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.

This 60-credit-hour program consists of:

  • 24 credit hours awarded as transfer credits upon completion of the eight-month curriculum at Spec Howard. (Students who complete the 12-month curriculum at Specs Howard are entitled to transfer one additional course—three credit hours—toward fulfillment of the requirements for the AARTB)
  • 36 credit hours from Lawrence Tech