Liberal Arts AA – Communication Option

Code: AA.LA.COMM

The 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.  It 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.
  • 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.
  • Apply effective listening skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to participate effectively in discussion groups.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester


Social Science Elective 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102  3

Mathematics/ Technology Elective -
4-credit Mathematics Elective OR (3-credit Mathematics Elective AND 1-credit INF elective INF-102);
4
WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester


Humanities Elective 3

Free Elective 3
  Social Science Elective  3
  Diversity - COM-114 Recommended 3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

COM  Communications: choose COM-100 or COM-102 3
COM  Communications: choose COM-116 or COM-122 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  History Elective 3

Natural Science Elective  4
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

COM Communications: COM-116, COM-122, or COM-210   3
  History Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective  4
  Free Elective 3

Total Credit Hours:13

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*

Two gen ed courses in History (HIS)

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:
One 4-cr general education course in Mathematics (MAT) or [One 3 cr general education Mathematics (MAT) + One 1-cr Information Technology (INF-102)] 
4
  Two Gen Ed courses in the following fields: BIO, CHM, PHY 8
Total Credit Hours:12

Diversity Course

Recommended:

COM-114Intercultural Communication

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

Program Requirements

Core Courses

Choose 3 of the Communication (COM) courses listed
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

COM-116Interpersonal Communication

3

COM-122Argumentation and Debate

3

COM-210Public Relations

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Free Electives

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s)

IST-123 Success 101 will fulfill 3 Free Electives for students who place into the course