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 66746-66749 states 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. This degree requires a total of 19-26 units. *COMM 138 F is a course that may be taken up to four times for two units each time. Students may count up to three 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 (for admissions to CSU, it is necessary that the students meet the "Oral Communications" requirement when using IGETC for AA-T or AS-T).
    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.
Required Courses (4 units):
COMM 100 FPublic Speaking4
LIST A - (6-7 units):6-7
Interpersonal Communication3
Small Group Communication3
Essentials of Argumentation4
LIST B - Select from any course below or one not already listed in LIST A (6-8 units):6-8
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 Units19-22

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

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