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Communication Studies A.A.:  609

New: Effective Semester — Fall 2009

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


General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses
English foundation 3
Health foundation 1
 MA 116 Elements of Statistics (MATF) 3
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
  Arts distribution 3
  Humanities distribution* 3
  Arts or humanities distribution* 3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution†  3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution†  3
  Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
Natural sciences distribution with or without lab 3-4
Program Requirements
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing ‡ 3
LG 200 Introduction to Linguistics 3
SP 250 Introduction to Communication and Theory 3
Communication electives** 9
World language or elective* 3
Electives* 9
Total credit hours   62-63

*  Some institutions, including the University of Maryland College Park, require completion of a World Language to the intermediate (202) level for communication majors. UMCP also requires one literature and one history course. Check degree requirements at schools of interest when choosing humanities and elective courses.

† The two three-credit-hour behavioral and social sciences courses must be from different disciplines.

‡ EN 101 if needed for EN 102/109 or general elective

** Choice of 3 from the following Communication electives: SP 111, SP 204, SP 205, TR 104, or any 100 level Television Radio course.


Program Outcomes for the Communication Studies A.A. Degree

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

  • Discriminate among various models and contexts of the human communication process.
  • Advocate a position on a given topic by identifying issues, marshaling arguments and evidence, and employing appropriate presentational standards.
  • Research, analyze, organize, and deliver oral and written presentations designed to inform and persuade.
  • Critique discourse conveyed through various communication channels.
  • 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.
  • Understand the basics of the research process and theory building in social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.
  • Understand and evaluate significant theories in interpersonal, small group, intercultural, mass communication, and rhetoric.
  • 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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