Communication Studies, A.A.-T

An Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer will fulfill the requirements for students to transfer to a CSU institution as a Communication Studies major. The Communication Studies courses in A.A.-T in Communication Studies will provide students with the practical skill of effective communication, both publicly, inter-personally, and professionally. Additionally, the student will gain specific knowledge in a variety of other communication subtexts: intercultural, media, argument, organizational, persuasion, gender, public relations, and/or performance.

AA.COMM.OPTBAAT or AA.COMM.OPTCAAT

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CSU: General Education Option B

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Human Communication Focus

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877 3
COMM-103 Interpersonal Communication 3
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3
CSCR-116 Integrative Career/Life Planning (formerly GUID-116) 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
COMM-104 Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument) 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
COMM-120 Survey of Communication Studies 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
COMM-113 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3
COMM-106 Small Group Communication 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish II  
Elementary French II  
American Sign Language II  
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
COMM-299 Special Projects: Communication 1
 Units15
Spring Semester 2
COMM-116
Gender and Communication
or Intercultural Communication
3
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context  
Latinx/Chicanx Literature  
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)  
Ethnic Politics in America  
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
COMM-110 Communications Media Survey 3
COMM-160 Debate and Forensics Activities 1
 Units13
 Total Units60

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements.

Performance Communication Focus

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3
CSCR-116 Integrative Career/Life Planning (formerly GUID-116) 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
COMM-104 Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument) 3
COMM-113 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3
COMM-201 Advanced Public Speaking 3
ASL-100 American Sign Language I 4
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
COMM-129 Reader's Theater 3
COMM-106 Small Group Communication 3
ASL-101 American Sign Language II 4
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
COMM-160 Debate and Forensics Activities 1
 Units15
Spring Semester 2
COMM-116
Gender and Communication
or Intercultural Communication
3
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context  
Latinx/Chicanx Literature  
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)  
Ethnic Politics in America  
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
COMM-120 Survey of Communication Studies 3
COMM-110 Communications Media Survey 3
COMM-160 Debate and Forensics Activities 1
 Units16
 Total Units63

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements.

Professional Communication Focus

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
COMM-104 Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument) 3
COMM-113 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Units13
Fall Semester 2
COMM-117 Organizational Communication (formerly Professional Communication) 3
COMM-106 Small Group Communication 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish II  
Elementary French II  
American Sign Language II  
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
COMM-129/THA-127 Reader's Theater 3
 Units17
Spring Semester 2
COMM-116
Gender and Communication
or Intercultural Communication
3
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context  
Latinx/Chicanx Literature  
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)  
Ethnic Politics in America  
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
COMM-119 Public Relations 3
COMM-120 Survey of Communication Studies 3
 Units15
 Total Units61

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. 

CSUSM: General Education Option B

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
COMM-103 Interpersonal Communication 3
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3
CSCR-116 Integrative Career/Life Planning (formerly GUID-116) 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
COMM-104 Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument) 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
COMM-120 Survey of Communication Studies 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
COMM-113 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3
COMM-106 Small Group Communication 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish II  
Elementary French II  
American Sign Language II  
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
Select one of the following: 1
Cooperative Work Experience: Communication Studies (formerly COMM-149)  
Debate and Forensics Activities  
Special Projects: Communication  
 Units15
Spring Semester 2
COMM-116
Gender and Communication
or Intercultural Communication
3
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context  
Latinx/Chicanx Literature  
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)  
Ethnic Politics in America  
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
Select one of the following: 4
Intermediate Spanish I  
Intermediate French I  
American Sign Language III (formerly ASL-103)  
 Units13
 Total Units60

Language Requirement: Some CSU's require the equivalency of an intermediate language proficiency for graduation. Please see a counselor for more detail regarding specific CSU major and graduation requirements. CSUSM Grad Requirements: Language

UC: General Education Option C

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
HIST-112 U.S. History Since 1865 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3
ANTH-145 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (formerly Introduction to Language and Linguistics) 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 1
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
COMM-115 Persuasion 3
COMM-120 Survey of Communication Studies 3
THA-137 Introduction to World Cinema 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Units15
Fall Semester 2
ART-100 Art Appreciation 3
COMM-104 Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument) 3
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH-111 Physical Anthropology Lab 1
COMM-110 Communications Media Survey 3
COMM-103 Interpersonal Communication 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 2
COMM-116 Gender and Communication 3
COMM-108 Intercultural Communication 3
ENVS-100 Humans and Scientific Inquiry 3
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
 Units16
 Total Units63

NOTE: For students who did not meet the LOTE requirement in high school, they may fulfill Area 6 by demonstrating proficiency by completing ASL-100 American Sign Language I, FREN-101 Elementary French I or SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I with a grade C or better. Languages other than English for Native Speakers are also acceptable for meeting this requirement. 

Course Title Credits
Required Core Courses
COMM-100Public Speaking3
or COMM-100H Honors Public Speaking
List A: Select two
Select two of the following:6
Interpersonal Communication
Honors Interpersonal Communication
Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument)
Honors Argumentation and Debate (formerly Advocacy and Argument)
Small Group Communication
List B: Select two
Any List A course not used above or one of the following:6
Intercultural Communication
Honors Intercultural Communication
Communications Media Survey
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Persuasion
Survey of Communication Studies
Debate and Forensics Activities
Advanced Public Speaking
List C: Select one
Any List A or B course not used above or one of the following:3
Gender and Communication
Organizational Communication (formerly Professional Communication)
Public Relations
Reader's Theater
Total Units18
Course Title Credits
Units for Major18
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 37-39
Possible double counting: 15 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 CSU transferable units)

Total Units for A.A.-T Degree: 60 units

The overall requirements for this Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) can be met by:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).
  • Completion of California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSUGE)  or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Completion of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is acceptable if pass is defined as a grade of C or better. ADTs are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. A student completing an ADT is guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. Students should meet with a counselor to develop a comprehensive educational plan to further understand university and transfer requirements.

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