Communication Studies: AA-T Degree

The Associate of Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree provides students the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively with diverse individuals in interpersonal, small group, and public speaking settings.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate self-awareness in various communication settings.
  2. Utilize an understanding of interpersonal dynamics and the communication process to communicate effectively verbally and nonverbally.
  3. Demonstrate intercultural competence.
  4. Use critical thinking skills to evaluate and create messages.
  5. Demonstrate critical listening skills.
  6. Demonstrate effective workplace skills.
  7. Develop and present effective speeches for diverse audiences and occasions.
Degree Requirements 
Required Core Courses (3 units)
SPCOM-122Public Speaking3
Required Electives: List A (6 units)
Complete two courses from the following:6
Interpersonal Communication
Critical Thinking: Argumentation and Debate
Small Group Communication
Required Electives: List B (6 units)
Complete two courses from the following or one course each from List A and List B:6
Intercultural Communication
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Communication Theory
Required Electives: List C (3 units)3
Complete one course from List A or List B not already used, or one course from the following:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Advanced Composition and Literary Analysis
Advanced Composition & Critical Thinking
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Career Communication
Total Units18

To receive an Associate Degree for Transfer, students must complete 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and either the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.  

The following is a suggested course sequence and does not replace an educational plan created with you and your counselor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallUnits
SPCOM-122 3
Required Electives: List A 3
 Units6
Spring
Required Electives: List A 3
Required Electives: List B 3
 Units6
Second Year
Fall
Required Electives: List B 3
 Units3
Spring
Required Electives: List C 3
 Units3
 Total Units18