Speech Communication

Associate Degree for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Communication Studies

This degree provides a foundation for students to transfer to a CSU campus with a major in Communication, Speech Communication, Communications, or Communication Studies.

The Associate in Arts degree in Communication Studies for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system.

The Associate in Arts degree in Communication Studies for Transfer (A.A.-T.) may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses), and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education‐Breadth Requirements.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
SPEECH 301 Public Speaking 3
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
SPEECH 311 Argumentation and Debate (3)
SPEECH 321 Interpersonal Communication (3)
SPEECH 331 Group Discussion (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
SPEECH 302 Persuasive Speech (3)
SPEECH 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
SPEECH 361 The Communication Experience (3)
JOUR 310 Mass Media and Society (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 31
ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (3)
ENGWR 482 Honors Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (3)
JOUR 300 Newswriting and Reporting (3)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
Total Units: 18

1or any course not used previously

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess the factors which contribute to communication competency.
  • generate strategies to communicate effectively with others in dyads, groups, and public situations.
  • evaluate the role of communication in human interactions.
  • analyze evidence, reasoning, and persuasive appeals for credibility, logic, and relevance.
  • demonstrate skills and behaviors which contribute to open and respectful communication of diverse ideas and beliefs.

Career Information

A primary skill employers in all fields seek is effective communication. A degree in Communication Studies enriches personal development and enhances opportunities for employment and promotion in such diverse professional fields as education, law, law enforcement, health, science, management, organizational development, psychology, public service, sales, training, entertainment, and social services.