Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication Option, Associate in Arts

The Communication option is designed for the student planning to transfer to a four-year college or university with the goal of obtaining a Baccalaureate degree. With careful planning the student will be able to complete lower division transfer preparation while concurrently completing the Associate in Arts degree. Careful course selection is essential for successful transfer in a timely fashion without completing unnecessary coursework.

Students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) in Communication should explore completing the AS-T degree designed specifically for transfer to the CSU. An AS-T degree provides the highest priority admission and other benefits for students who successfully complete them. See the college catalog or a counselor for additional information regarding AA-T/AS-T Degrees for transfer to the CSU.

Students are encouraged to see a counselor for assistance in developing an educational plan that will identify the lower division major preparation and general education coursework that corresponds to the intended major and transfer institution. Students should consult for current course articulation in their major. Please refer to the "Essential Transfer Information Checklist" located in the transfer section of the current college catalog. Counseling appointments may be scheduled online by selecting "Counseling" under "Student Resources" on the Delta College homepage. Failure to consult with a counselor may unnecessarily delay progress toward transfer.

Communication courses emphasize the relationship of language to logic. Courses in this option focus on how humans produce and process messages and how messages are received and influence others thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. Transfer majors appropriate for this option include but are not limited to: Communication, Communication Studies, Organizational Communication and Media Studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to integrate and utilize knowledge from multiple disciplines.
  2. Analyze the similarities and differences between the ways knowledge is collected and applied in the disciplines studied.
  3. Compare and contrast controversial viewpoints regarding issues from the perspective of two or more disciplines.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  1. San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education (AA-GE) pattern
  2. California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern.
  3. Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum version (IGETC-CSU) pattern

*Completion of the San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education Pattern may be appropriate for the student who is:

  1. planning to transfer to an out of state or independent 4-year college or university that accepts completion of the Associate Degree for transfer.
  2. following NCAA guidelines.

General Education requirements vary widely from institution to institution. It is highly recommended that students see a counselor or consult the selected baccalaureate transfer campus catalog for appropriate GE course selection.

Courses Within the Area of Emphasis

Complete a minimum of 18 units

ANTRO 004/HUM 004

Introduction to Linguistics



Fundamentals of Speech


COM ST 003

Interpersonal Communication


COM ST 005

Argumentation and Debate


COM ST 008

Small Group Communication


COM ST 009

Introduction to Communication Theory


COM ST 052

Speech Activities and Advocacy


ENG 001B

Written Communications II: A Critical Introduction to Literature


ENG 001D

Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking



Introduction to Linguistics


MCOM 001

Introduction to Mass Communication


MCOM 004

Mass Media and Critical Thinking


MCOM 011




Introductory Logic


Minimum Area of Emphasis Units Required: 18

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60