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AA Transfer Communication Studies

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.

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.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 90 units is required to include

  • Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:
    • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the *Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) 49-58 units (full certification is required)
    • Core and suppport courses (29 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.

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Although it is possible to fulfill the requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer by completing the IGETC for UC pattern, admission to CSU requires completion of an Oral Communication course (IGETC Area 1C; CSU GE Area A-1); therefore, students who plan to transfer to CSU should complete this course as part of their GE or elective units.

Online Courses for Communication Studies

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every tow years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Core Courses (5 units)

ONLINE COURSE TITLE UNITS
COMM 1A Public Speaking 5
or COMM 1AH Honors Public Speaking 5

Support Courses (24-25 units)

List A

Complete TWO course from the following:

ONLINE COURSE TITLE UNITS
COMM 2 Interpersonal Communication 5
COMM 4 Group Discussion 5
List B

Complete TWO course from the following:

ONLINE COURSE TITLE UNITS
COMM 3 Introduction to Communication Studies 5
COMM 12 Intercultural Communication 5
JRNL 2 Mass Communication 5
List C

Complete ONE course from the following:

ONLINE COURSE TITLE UNITS
ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology 4
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
COMM 10 Gender, Communication & Culture 5
or COMM 55 Career & Leadership Communication in the Global Workplace 5
ENGL 16 Introduction to Literature 4
JRNL 22A Introduction to Reporting & Newswriting 5
PSYC 1 General Psychology 5
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5
SOC IH Honors Introduction to Sociology 5
Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit  Associate Degree for Transfer-Communication Studies 2018-2019 Degree, Certificate or Transfer Programs.

Based on the 2018 - 2019 degree program.

 

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