Liberal Arts AA Degree: Human Communication Emphasis

Cypress College 2019-2020

The Liberal Arts degree with Area of Emphasis provides students with the opportunity to earn a degree within a broad liberal arts education, allowing them to understand the intellectual relationships between various disciplines in a broader Area of Emphasis.  Earning an Associate Degree may or may not be the most effective path to fulfilling transfer requirements. The courses listed for each Area of Emphasis in the Cypress College catalog do not reflect major preparation requirements at any specific university, but some may be used to fulfill local university requirements. Reminder: Students with catalog rights for 2012 or prior, meet with a Counselor to confirm if courses taken at that time are applicable to the Human Communication emphasis and the Transfer Center for information regarding selection of an appropriate general education pattern and pertinent classes, as well as your intended major at the specific colleges/universities of choice.

Requirements for the Liberal Arts Degree with Area of Emphasis include:

  • Completion of Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

  • Completion of at least 18 units in an Area of Emphasis from those outlined below.(Note: Where appropriate, courses in the Area of Emphasis may also be counted for a GE area).

  • A 2.0 (C) overall GPA and a 2.0 (C) in all courses taken in the Area of Emphasis.
  • Effective Fall 2017 - Fulfillment of all graduation requirements, to include local requirements of a minimum of one (1) unit of coursework approved for Physical Activity and Health and three (3) units of coursework approved for Cultural Diversity for a total of 60 transferable units.

Liberal Arts AA Degree: Human Communication Emphasis

The Human Communication option under Liberal Arts is an ideal choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC). Students are able to satisfy both their transfer institution’s general education requirements, plus focus on the transfer major preparation course work required by the four-year university. The Area of Emphasis listed below includes courses that transfer to CSU and/or UC. Courses in BOLD are transferable to UC. Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the information below is accurate and timely. However, this information is unofficial and should be checked against the official information found on the ASSIST website @

This degree emphasizes the content of communication as well as the form and should provide an understanding of the psychological basis and social significance of communication. Students will be able to assess communication as the process of human symbolic interaction. Students will also develop skills in the areas of reasoning and advocacy, organization, accuracy, reading and listening effectively. Students will be able to integrate important concepts of critical thinking as related to the development of analysis, critical evaluation, to reason inductively and deductively that will enable them to make important decisions regarding their own lives and society at large.

Select 18 or more units from at least 2 discipline areas:
Human Communication3
Honors Human Communication
Argument and Critical Thinking3
College Writing4
Honors College Writing
Critical Reasoning and Writing4
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing
Critical Analysis and Literature4
Honors Critical Analysis and Literature
Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking3
Logic and Critical Thinking3
Critical Thinking and Writing3
Symbolic Logic3

SPECIAL NOTE: This degree is an Associate Degree designed for transfer students; however, it does not qualify as an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) for CSU priority admission consideration. Please see a counselor for more information on differences in degree options offered at Cypress College for transfer students.