Communication Studies, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer is designed as a seamless pathway for students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with a major in Communication Studies.

Communication is fundamental in everyday life. Because effective communication is the basis for successful human interaction, the ability to develop good communication skills is a desirable and obtainable goal. Effective communication skills are empowering. Competent communicators tend to be more successful in social and business realms. Their communication skills can help to strengthen relationships, contribute to their communities, and gain greater self-confidence. Additionally, employers report that they consistently rank communication competence above technical knowledge when hiring and promoting employees. According to business leaders from every industry, successful employees possess the ability to express their ideas to others with confidence and clarity.

In addition to relational and business benefits, effective communication skills are linked to critical thinking and ethical speech. Communication Studies courses help students develop communication skills that they will use throughout their lives in a wide range of settings and for a variety of purposes. All of the values, related to successful communication, are reflected in the college mission statement.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students are able to work cooperatively in small groups.
  2. Students are able to apply communication concepts.
  3. Students are able to speak proficiently in a variety of contexts.
  4. Students are able to write proficiently at college level.
  5. Students are able to apply research methods.
  6. Students are able to employ critical thinking skills.
  7. Students are able to reflect on the ethical dimensions of actions.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  • California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern (40 units)
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum - CSU Version (IGETC-CSU) pattern (37 units)

Students are advised to double-count courses in the major or area of emphasis to also satisfy general education when possible. Course subject credit will be awarded in satisfaction of both major/area of emphasis and lower division general education requirements, but the units will only be counted once in computing the total number of units for the degree.

Major Requirements - Core

Complete 3 units


Fundamentals of Speech


Major Requirements - Restricted Electives

Area A - Complete 6 units selected from:

COM ST 003

Interpersonal Communication


COM ST 005

Argumentation and Debate


COM ST 008

Small Group Communication


Area B - Complete 6 units selected from:

COM ST 002

Oral Interpretation of Literature


COM ST 004

Introduction to Human Communication


COM ST 007

Intercultural Communication


COM ST 052

Speech Activities and Advocacy


Area C - Complete 3 units selected from:


Advanced Public Speaking


COM ST 006

Business and Professional Communication


COM ST 009

Introduction to Communication Theory


COM ST 010

Storytelling: Interpreting Children's Literature


COM ST 011

Dialogues in U.S. American Culture


Any Area A or Area B course not used above


Minimum Major Units Required: 18

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

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60