Communication Studies Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Division: Humanities


The Communication Studies Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer, also called the Communication Studies AA-T Degree,prepares students to transfer to CSUs that offer bachelor's degrees in Communication Studies. Ed Code Section 66746-66749states students earning the Communication Studies AA-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a Communication Studies major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. Students planning to attend other universities will benefit from this degree, as well. Communication Studies prepares students to identify and solve communication problems, to facilitate effective communication in professional and interpersonal interactions to develop collaborative forms of problem solving and decision making. While a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering communication focused careers in fields such as education, training and development, sales, community relations, public relations, the ministry, law, business, entertainment, nonprofit organizations and government, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

*For students transferring to CSU Fullerton and interested in majoring in Public Relations it is recommended that you take JOUR 101 F and JOUR 110 F as your elective options as those courses are required for the Public Relations major at CSU Fullerton.

*COMM 138 F is a course that may be taken up to four times for 2 units each time. Students may count up to 3 units of COMM 138 F in List B of the Communication Studies AA-T.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  3. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

A P(Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better. This degree requires a total of 18 units in the major, in addition to other degree requirements.

Required Courses (3 units):
COMM 100 FPublic Speaking3
LIST A - Select from the following (6 units):6
Interpersonal Communication3
Small Group Communication3
Essentials of Argumentation3
LIST B - Select 6 units from any course not selected in Lists A or B or from any of the following courses (6 units):6
Intercultural Communication3
Mass Media Survey3
Honors Mass Media Survey
LIST C - Select from any course below or one not already selected in LIST A or LIST B (3 units):3
Cultural Anthropology3
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Reporting and Writing3
General Psychology3
Honors General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Total Units18

Outcome 1: Analyze, construct, and deliver speeches on contemporary socio-political issues.

Outcome 2: Criticize and evaluate a variety of public discourse.