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 or any one course not already used from List A:6-7
Introduction to Mass Communications
Survey of Communication Studies
Performance of Literature
Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Communication - Honors
Professional and Organizational Speaking
Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors
Introduction to Persuasion
Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate
Forensics: Individual Event Team
Introduction to Communication Theory
Introduction to Communication Theory - Honors
List C
Choose at least one course from the following or any one course not selected from List A or List B:3-4
Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology - Honors
English - Introduction to Literary Types
English - Introduction to Literary Types - Honors
Critical Thinking and Writing
Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
Beginning Writing and Reporting for the Mass Media
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology - Honors
Voice and Diction
Forensics: Debate Team
Forensics: Reader's Theater Team
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.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4 4
CSU SELF CSU GE E Lifelong n SelfDev cr 3 3
 Units11
Winter Term 1
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
 Units3
Spring Term 1
CSU MATH CSU GE B4 Mathematics Crse 3 3-4
CSU CRTTH CSU Area A-3 Crit Thnkg Course 4 3-4
 Units6-8
Summer Term 1
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
 Units3
Fall Term 2
CSU SCNC1 CSU GE B1 Physical Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU LAB CSU GE B3 Phy/Life Sc Lab Crse 1 1-2
CPP Subplans:Public Relations Multimedia Journa. CPP Subplans:Public Relations Multimedia Journa.  
SPCH 20 JOUR 100 required 0  
 Units4-7
Winter Term 2
CSU ART/H CSU GE C-1 or C-2 Art/Hum Crse 3 3-4
CSU ARTS CSU GE C1 Arts Crse 3 3
 Units6-7
Spring Term 2
CSU HUM CSU GE C2 Humanities Crse 3 3-4
CSU SCNC2 CSU GE B2 Life Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU ETHS CSU GE Area F Ethnic Studies 3 3
CSU BEHAV CSU GE D Social Sciences Crse 3 3
 Units12-15
 Total Units45-54
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