Liberal Arts AA – Communication Option

Code: AA.LA.COMM

The Associate of Arts Degree, Communication Option prepares students to transfer into the junior year of a liberal arts baccalaureate program for advanced undergraduate and graduate studies in the field of Communication or other liberal arts major.  The program includes courses that teach theories, principles and practices of effective and ethical communication in a range of personal, public, visual and mediated contexts.  The option in Communication is appropriate for students focusing on many areas of study as well as professional careers.  A concentration in Communication is often selected by students going into education, business, marketing, public relations, law, social work, criminal justice and political science.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to speak effectively in personal, social, academic, and business situations.
  • Learn and apply methods in researching, organizing, delivering, and evaluating formal and informal speeches.
  • Understand the body of research in related content areas of COM- 100.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories of communication, analysis of effective speaking, interpersonal and intrapersonal communication.
  • Develop effective listening skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to participate effectively in discussion groups.

Career Pathways

     
     
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

HIS History Elective* 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
MAT Mathematics Elective*† 3-4
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

HIS History Elective* 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
MAT/CIS/INF Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective* or Free Elective† 3-4
  Social Science Elective*  3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

COM-114Intercultural Communication

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

  Humanities Elective** 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Social Science Elective* 3
COM Communication Elective***  3
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Humanities Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective*  4
  Social Science Elective 3
COM Communication Elective*** 3
  Free Elective‡ 2-4

Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Three general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics*
3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Course

COM-114Intercultural Communication

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

   Two Communication (COM) courses (6 cr.).*** 6
   One or two courses (3-6 cr.) to be selected from the following fields: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); Languages and Cultures (LAN). 3-6
   One or two courses (3-6 cr.) to be selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT). 3-6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Free Electives‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s)

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, and CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN)

***Take any of the following Communication courses: COM-101; COM-102; COM-103; COM-116; COM-119; COM-122; COM-213.

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another Communication course.