Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Associate in Arts, Communication
Major: 8124
First Term: 2019 Fall
Award Type: AA

CIP Code: 9.0100
Program Availability: CG, EM, GC, GW, MC, PC, PV, RS, SC, SM
Total Credits: 60-64
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Upon completion of this degree, students may pursue a career as:
11-2021.00 Marketing and Brand Managers
27-3031.00 Public Relations Specialists, Communication Planners, and Social Media Coordinators or Specialists
19-3051.00 Urban and Regional Communication Planners
21-1094.00 Community Health Workers
11-2011.01 Green Marketers
21-1091.00 Health Educators
13-1161.00 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
11-2031.00 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
11-9199.01 Regulatory Affairs Managers
11-9151.00 Social and Community Service Managers or Directors


Description: The Associate of Arts (AA), Communication includes a dynamic blend of theory and practical experience that provides students with a solid introduction to the wide-ranging field of Communication. With an associate degree in Communication, students will gain proficiency in a variety of communication contexts including interpersonal, small group, intercultural, organizational, public and professional speaking. This degree prepares students for their bachelor degree transfer pathway and equips them with the communication skill set valued so highly by employers. Coursework provides the foundational conceptual knowledge and tools to understand, analyze, and respond to communication challenges and opportunities in a variety of contexts.


Program Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the communication discipline and its central questions. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM298++, [FYC])
2. Apply communication theories and practices to develop, maintain and manage effective personal and professional relationships. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, [FYC])
3. Demonstrate problem solving and decision-making techniques in a variety of communication settings. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
4. Analyze messages in various communication settings and channels. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, SWU225, [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
5. Research and create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM298++, CRE101, [CS], [FYC], [HU])
6. Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy). (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, [FYC], [HU])
7. Apply ethical communication principles and practices. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
8. Utilize communication to embrace differences in individual, group and public settings. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, [FYC])
9. Evaluate public discourse and discuss and/or advocate a course of civic action. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, [FYC], [HU])
10. Display competence in oral, written, and visual communication in various personal and professional contexts. (COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
11. Engage in scholarly research in the communication discipline. (COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, ENG102, ENG108)
Required Courses
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication 3
COM110 Interpersonal Communication 3
COM207 Introduction to Communication Inquiry 3
+ COM225 Public Speaking 3
COM230 Small Group Communication 3
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
Credits: 18

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: January 22, 2019

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