Academic Catalog

Communication Studies, AA-T

Program Description

Communication Studies examines how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels and media. As an interdisciplinary field, coursework in communication also includes contributions of the social sciences, humanities, philosophy and cultural studies. Some of the topics explored in this field include rhetoric and public address, debate, gender differences, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication, the art of effective persuasion, leadership and professional skills, group interaction and decision-making and forensic speech. This degree provides excellent preparation for careers in the fields of mass media, human resources, business, government, social services, and/or education in such areas as teaching, consulting, law, broadcast announcing, public relations or any field in which communication skills are highly relevant.

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree prepares students for transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs for communication studies majors and majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific CSUs.

Learn more about the program on the Communication Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify patterns of communication in a variety of contexts.
  • Students will be able to utilize appropriate methods of communication in critical thinking and/or communication situations.

Units Required

  • Major: 29-30

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (29-30 units, of which 18 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
COMM 1APUBLIC SPEAKING5
or COMM 1AH HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING
Support Courses
List A
Complete two courses from List A:10
ARGUMENTATION & PERSUASION
HONORS ARGUMENTATION & PERSUASION
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
GROUP DISCUSSION
List B
And complete two courses from List B (or any course from List A not used above):10
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION STUDIES
MASS COMMUNICATION
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
List C
And complete one course from List C (or any course from List A or B not used above):4-5
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
GENDER, COMMUNICATION & CULTURE
CAREER & LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION IN THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO REPORTING & NEWSWRITING
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
HONORS GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Total Units29-30