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Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T) degree is designed to facilitate transfer to a California State University in keeping with SB 1440. This degree reflects the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) supported by the Statewide Academic Senate. A total of 18 units are required to fulfill the major portion of this degree. Students must also complete the California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (see the “General Education Requirements and Transfer Information” section of the catalog). Students planning to transfer to SDSU should consult with a counselor.

The following requirements must be met to be awarded an Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T) degree:

  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 Requirement.
    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. Students are also required to earn a “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.

The Communication Studies degree is designed to provide the student with a broad base of communication classes that will provide training for entry into occupations in which verbal skills are important.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Exhibit the ability to listen actively.
  2. Critically evaluate oral and written messages in order to assess credibility and validity.
  3. Practice perspective-taking so as to display other-centered communication within and across diverse communities.
  4. Appraise the strengths, limitations, and consequences of the use of various communication methods.
  5. Demonstrate confident and competent use of language and nonverbal communication.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
COMM-122Public Speaking3
List A
Select two of the following:6
Interpersonal Communication
Critical Thinking in Group Communication
List B
Select two of the following:6
Any List A course not used above or
Advanced Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Speech and Debate Competition III
List C
Select one of the following:3
Any List A or List B course not used above or
Global Communication
Readers Theatre
Communication Studies: Race and Ethnicity
Units for the major18
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC)37-39
Total Units60

Complete transferable units as needed to reach 60.

Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area 1C: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.