Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree (AA-T)


This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Communication Studies major to achieve an Associate in Arts Degree in Communication Studies for Transfer while completing the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year institution. While a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper division work.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

To earn an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) students must complete:

  1. a minimum of 18 units of major course requirements with a grade of C or better;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC);
  3. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units of CSU transferable coursework;
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Course (3 units):
COMM 100 CHuman Communication3
or COMM 100HC Honors Human Communication
Restricted Electives List A - Students may choose from the following courses (6 units):6
Interpersonal Communication3
Small Group Communication3
Argument and Critical Thinking3
Restricted Electives List B - Students may choose from any course not used in List A and/or any of the following courses; Forensics: maximum of 3 units (6 units):6
Intercultural Communication3
Global Media3
Restricted Electives List C - Students may choose from any course not used in LIsts A or B or from any of the following courses (3 units):3
The Rhetoric of the City3
Honors Rhetoric of the City
Reporting and Writing3
Introduction to Psychology3
Honors Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Anthropology3
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Total Units18