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AA Transfer Communication Studies

Program Description

Communication Studies examines how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels and media. As an interdisciplinary field, coursework in communication also includes contributions of the social sciences, humanities, philosophy and cultural studies. Some of the topics explored in this field include rhetoric and public address, debate, gender differences, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication, the art of effective persuasion, leadership and professional skills, group interaction and decision-making and forensic speech. This degree provides excellent preparation for careers in the fields of mass media, human resources, business, government, social services, and/or education in such areas as teaching, consulting, law, broadcast announcing, public relations or any field in which communication skills are highly relevant.

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree prepares students for transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs for communication studies majors and majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific CSUs.

Learn more about the program on the Communication Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to identify patterns of communication in a variety of contexts.

Students will be able to utilize appropriate methods of communication in critical thinking and/or communication situations.

Units Required

Major: 29-30

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the *Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) 49-58 units (full certification is required)

  • Core and suppport courses (29-30 units, of which 20 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Although it is possible to fulfill the requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer by completing the IGETC for UC pattern, admission to CSU requires completion of an Oral Communication course (IGETC Area 1C; CSU GE Area A-1); therefore, students who plan to transfer to CSU should complete this course as part of their GE or elective units.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Online Courses for Communication Studies AAT

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses

COMM 1A Public Speaking 5
or COMM 1AH Honors Public Speaking 5

Support Courses

List A

Complete TWO course from List A: (10 Units)

COMM 1B Argumentation & Persuasion 5
COMM 2 Interpersonal Communication 5
COMM 4 Group Discussion 5
List B

And complete TWO course from List B (or any course from List A not used above): (10 Units)

COMM 3 Introduction to Communication Studies 5
COMM 5 Mass Communication 5
COMM 12 Intercultural Communication 5
List C

And complete ONE course from List C (or any course from List A or B not used above): (4-5 Units)

ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology 4
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
COMM 10 Gender, Communication & Culture 5
or COMM 55 Career & Leadership Communication in the Global Workplace 5
ENGL 16 Introduction to Literature 4
JRNL 22A Introduction to Reporting & Newswriting 5
PSYC 1 General Psychology 5
or PSYC 1H Honors General Psychology 5
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5
or SOC 1H Honors Introduction to Sociology 5
Total Units   29-30

Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit  Associate Degree for Transfer-Communication Studies 2023-2024.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.