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Communication Studies AA:  609

The AA in Communication Studies provides students with an academic core basic to a liberal arts education and facilitates ease of transfer to communication programs at four-year institutions. The degree provides analytical and critical thinking skills that render recipients to be effective members of their communities, both professionally and personally. A strength of the communication degree is that it allows students to target their studies toward areas of interest within the field. Areas such as public relations, rhetoric, political communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, mass media, and others are popular at four-year colleges and universities.

Students are encouraged to seek assistance from Speech Communication faculty in making course selections to suit their academic and career goals. Completion of the curriculum requirements will lead to the award of the AA.

A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows; part-time students should consult an adviser.

First Semester
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing*
HLTH 100 Principles of Healthier Living (HLTH) 1-3
MATH 117
Elements of Statistics (MATF)
Arts distribution
Speech foundation 3
 World language or elective†
Second Semester
Behavioral and social sciences distribution
English foundation  3
Humanities distribution 3
Natural sciences distribution 3-4
World language or elective† 3
Third Semester
COMM 250 Introduction Communication Inquiry and Theory 3
Arts or humanities distribution† 3
Communication elective‡ 3
Communication elective ‡
World language or elective† 3
Fourth Semester
LING 200 Introduction to Linguistics 3
Behavioral and social sciences distribution** 3
Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
Communication elective ‡ 3
World language or elective 3
Total Credit Hours 62-65

*   ENGL 101 if needed for ENGL 102/103 or general elective.
†  Some institutions, including the University of Maryland College Park, require completion of a World Language to the intermediate (202) level for communication studies majors. UMCP requires one literature and one history course, if you began your studies prior to fall 2012. Check degree requirements at transfer destination when choosing humanities and elective courses.
‡  Choice of 3 from the following Communication electives: COMM 121, COMM 204, COMM 220,
or any 100 level Television Radio course.
** The two three-credit-hour behavioral and social sciences courses must be from different disciplines. 

Program Outcomes for the Communication Studies AA Degree

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Research, analyze, organize, and deliver oral and written presentations designed to inform and persuade.
  • Solve problems and work effectively in groups and teams. Recognize and evaluate different leadership styles.
  • Demonstrate and apply critical thinking skills in communication, on the job, in relationships, and in the public forum.
  • Develop a philosophy of effective and ethical communication within and across various contexts and cultures.

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Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements

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