Communication Studies (AA-T Degree A0325)

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.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
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 not already used from from List A:6-7
Survey of Communication Studies
Performance of Literature
Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Communication - Honors
Limit of three units from:
Introduction to Mass Communications
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 Writing and Reporting for the Mass Media
Voice and Diction
Professional and Organizational Speaking
Introduction to Communication Theory
Total Units for Major19-21
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
Total Units60

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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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