Communication Studies, AA-T

Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Degree A0325

Communication Studies is a broad-based discipline with foundational coursework in oral communication theory and skills development, augmented with course options that add dimension and depth to the student’s understanding of the discipline – such as interpersonal, group, organizational and intercultural communication, argumentation, journalism, forensics, and communication research methods.

The degree program requires students to critically analyze information and arguments, select and research an appropriate topic and thesis, and logically organize the supporting material into a well-crafted presentation. Students will employ appropriate verbal and nonverbal delivery skills and visual aids to present a message to an audience in a conversational and confident manner; and formulate communication solutions to problems in a range of contexts. Students will create messages appropriate for diverse audiences and listeners and develop an improved understanding of themselves as communicators.

To earn an Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer a student must complete 60 semester Units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 Units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Required Courses

Core Courses
SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
or SPCH 1AH Public Speaking - Honors
List A
Choose two courses from the following:6
Group Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Argumentation and Debate - Honors
Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication - Honors
List B
Choose any two courses from the following or any one course not selected from List A:6-7
Fundamentals of Communication
Performance of Literature
Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Communication - Honors
Limit of three units from:
Introduction to Mass Media
Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate
Forensics: Individual Event Team
Forensics: Debate Team
Forensics: Reader's Theater Team
List C
Choose at least one course from the following or any one course not selected from List A or List B:3-4
Critical Thinking and Writing
Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
Beginning Newswriting
Voice and Diction
Professional and Organizational Speaking
Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors
Gateway to Communication Studies
Total Units for Major19-21
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
Total Units60
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Courses may be double-counted with either CSU-GE or IGETC.

Communication Website 

Guided Pathway of Study

Explore your future in Communication for Transfer

The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a recommended sequence of study for achieving the AA-T in Communication Degree. This pathway assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15, or you have placed into English other than English 1A, and/or not completed Math 71,  please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
SPCH 8 Professional and Organizational Speaking 4
ALERT: Eligibility for MATH 110 required for Semester 2 (or completion of MATH 71, 71X, or 71B).  
 Units12
Intersession 1
POLI 1 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Units3
Semester 2
MATH 110 Elementary Statistics 3
SPCH 20 Argumentation and Debate 3
SPCH 26 Interpersonal Communication 3
AHIS 3 History of Women and Gender in Art (or other AREA C1 Arts General Education course) 1 3
 Units12
Intersession 2
HIST 1 History of the United States 3
GEOL 8 Earth Science 3
 Units6
Second Year
Semester 1
THTR 9 Introduction to Theater Arts 3
SPCH 4 Performance of Literature 3
SPCH 15 Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate 2
BIOL 1 General Biology 4
 Units12
Intersession 1
PSYC 1A Introduction to Psychology 3
 Units3
Semester 2
SPCH 7 Intercultural Communication 3
JOUR 100 Introduction to Mass Media 3
SPCH 30 Gateway to Communication Studies 3
SPCH 6 Group Communication 3
 Units12
 Total Units60
1

To earn and Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T, AS-T) a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC or CSU GE breadth, and a major area of emphasis of at least 18 units. Find the Area course listings here: CSU GE Course Listings; UC (IGETC) Listings

Program Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Critically analyze information and arguments.
  • Select and research an appropriate topic and thesis.
  • Logically organize supporting materials into a well-crafted presentation.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal delivery skills to present a message to a live audience in a confident manner.
  •  Formulate communication solutions to problems in a range of contexts.
  • Create messages appropriate for diverse audiences and listener.
  •  Develop an improved understanding of themselves as communicators.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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