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AA in Communication Studies for Transfer



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Associate Degree for Transfer. A Degree with a guarantee.

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T) Degree is intended to meet the lower division requirements for Communication Studies majors (or similar majors) at a CSU campus that offers a Communication Studies baccalaureate degree.

This degree is designed for students interested in the study of practice of human communication.  The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree offers students comprehensive knowledge of the nature of communication, including theoretical foundations and applicable skills.  Students will develop skills in advocacy, critical thinking, debate, interpersonal communication, oral communication, performance, public speaking, and small group communication.  Career opportunities may include: administration, advertising, broadcasting, business communications, consulting, government services, journalism, law, marketing, performance, politics, public relations, sales, teaching, and other professions in which an understanding of and facility with the process of communication is essential.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Upon successful completion of this degree:

  1. Students will have an understanding of conflict management strategies in an interpersonal relationship context.
  2. Students will have the ability to deliver a coherent speech inclusive of a distinctive introduction, body, and conclusion; including 2-3 substantive main points within the body and appropriate transitions.
  3. Students should be able to control/manage their verbal and nonverbal communication to enhance the audience’s understanding and appreciation of the speech message appropriate to the specific audience.
  4. Students should have the ability to argue in favor of a thesis with a supportive example and refute an opposing position with an accompanying example.
  5. Students should have the ability to think critically in order to understand a debate position, including the position’s reasoning.

In addition to the courses listed in the curriculum tab, the following additional requirements must be met for completion of the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Achievement of a minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (some majors may require a higher GPA, students should consult with a counselor for more information).
  3. Completion of the 18-20.5 semester units in the major with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

NOTE: Students are advised to check with the Counseling Department or Transfer Center for the courses accepted into the Communication Studies major at the CSU where they seek transfer.

Major Advising Sheet: Communication Studies for Transfer 20-21

Required Courses
SPCH 100 Interpersonal Communication 3
SPCH 101 or
Public Speaking
*Public Speaking Honors
SPCH 140 Argumentation and Debate 3
Choose 6 units from the following list:
(A maximum of 3 units in Forensics can be counted for the degree)
SPCH 110 Forensics: Speech and Debate Team 1-4
SPCH 130 Oral Interpretation 3
SPCH 150 Intercultural Communication 3
SPCH 240 *Argumentation and Debate 3
Choose one course from the following list:
ANTH 102 or
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
*Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Honors
ENGL 201 or
*Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking
*Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking Honors
JOUR 120 Communications Reporting and Writing 3
PSY 101 or
PSY 101H
Introductory Psychology
*Introductory Psychology Honors
SOC 101 or
SOC 101H
Introduction to Sociology
*Introduction to Sociology Honors
SPCH 132 Readers Theatre 3

Required Subtotal: 18-20.5

CSU GE or IGETC Pattern: Units Vary
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)

Units Required: 60