Communication Studies, AA-T
Humanities and Social Sciences Division
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.
|Course Prefix||Course Name||Units|
|SPCH 1A||Public Speaking||4|
|or SPCH 1AH||Public Speaking - Honors|
|Choose two courses from the following:||6|
|Argumentation and Debate|
or SPCH 20H
|Argumentation and Debate - Honors|
or SPCH 26H
|Interpersonal Communication - Honors|
|Choose any two courses from the following or any one course not selected from List A:||6-7|
|Fundamentals of Communication|
|Performance of Literature|
or SPCH 7H
|Intercultural Communication - Honors|
|Limit of three units from:|
|Introduction to Mass Media|
|Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate|
or SPCH 16
|Forensics: Individual Event Team|
or SPCH 17
|Forensics: Debate Team|
or SPCH 18
|Forensics: Reader's Theater Team|
|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|
or ENGL 1CH
|Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors|
|Voice and Diction|
|Professional and Organizational Speaking|
or SPCH 8H
|Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors|
|Gateway to Communication Studies|
|Total Units for Major||19-21|
|CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 1||39-42|
1 - Courses may be double-counted with either CSU-GE or IGETC.
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.