COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Communication Studies Associate in Arts

An Associate of Arts degree in Communication Studies seeks to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the complex and diverse nature of the communication process and a sharpened understanding of contexts within which humans use signs and symbols to create meaning. The degree focuses on the way[s] language and other symbolic systems are used interpersonally, within small group settings and in mass mediated formats. Courses will allow students to achieve three separate aims depending upon their academic goals. First, students will be well prepared to transfer to a four-year institution with a broad range of communication coursework completed. Second, students will be prepared for entry into a variety of careers — all of which require effective communication skills for working with diverse sets of people in an increasingly complex technological workplace. Careers including business, public relations, human resources, law [after law school], advertising arts, teaching, social & human services, and entertainment industries are all suited for graduates of a Communication Studies degree. Finally, students who are interested in the field of Communication Studies but do not wish to complete a Baccalaureate degree in the discipline may pursue a terminal two-year course of study. Such study will prepare them to understand diverse communication messages and practice excellent communication skills in a variety of settings.

Student Learning Outcome
Develop and deliver informative and persuasive presentations using clear written and oral communication skills.
Analyze theoretical concepts of communication and assess how each concept is utilized within various communication contexts.


Recommended Pathway to Completion: Communication Studies-AA


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

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) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-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 or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete:

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:

 

a. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
b. 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.

Associate Degrees for Transfer also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to 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. At the time of catalog publication, a student may earn an AA-T in Communication Studies. Additional majors are being developed. Please see a counselor or visit http://www.canyons.edu for more information.

 

Program Learning Outcome
Develop and deliver informative and persuasive presentations using clear written and oral communication skills.
Analyze theoretical concepts of communication and assess how each concept is utilized within various communication contexts.

Recommended Pathway to Completion: Communication Studies-AA for Transfer (AA-T)