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Communication Studies (AA-T) Communications Studies Total Units: 18

Term Effective: Fall 2017

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Previous Versions:

Communication Studies (AA-T) - effective Spring 2015
Communication Studies (AA-T) - effective Fall 2012
Communication Studies (AA-T) - effective Fall 2011

Description:

See the state issued Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) template for any futher clarification regarding program requirements. NOTE: List B requires that two courses be completed regardless of unit value.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Communications Studies degree provides students with an introduction to and overview of the field of communications while providing a solid foundation in Speech. Students are provided both theoretical perspectives and practical speaking experience, including the opportunity to be a part of a national award-winning Speech & Debate team and/or being part of the student newspaper, The Oak Leaf. This emphasis offers comprehensive lower division baccalaureate work in the field of Communication.

The Communication Studies Associate in Arts for Transfer degree is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an ADT are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

Students will have to fulfill the following requirements to earn this degree:

  1. Complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    • The Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth requirements; and
    • A minimum of 18-22 semester units as required for the Associate in Arts for Transfer in Communication Studies major.
  2. Obtain an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0
  3. Earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the Associate in Arts for Transfer in Communication Studies major.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Apply communication theory to more effectively communicate in a variety of public, private and social context;
  2. effectively express one’s ideas through oral communication; and
  3. utilize critical thinking skills to defend, refute and critique presentations.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Communication Studies (AA-T) program are:

  • Complete 18 units from
    • Communication Studies for Transfer
    • Communication Studies: List A
    • Communication Studies: List B
    • Communication Studies: List C

Communication Studies for Transfer - complete 3.00 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
SPCH 1A Introduction to Public Speaking3.00
 
Communication Studies: List A - complete 6.00 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
SPCH 3A and COMM 5
SPCH 3A and COMM 6
SPCH 9 and COMM 5
SPCH 9 and COMM 6
COMM 5 and COMM 6
6.00
 
Communication Studies: List B - complete 6.00 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
COMM 5 Group Discussion and Problem Solving3.00
COMM 6 Interpersonal Communication3.00
COMM 7 Intercultural Communication3.00
COMM 10 Introduction to Communication Studies3.00
MEDIA 4 Introduction to Mass Communication3.00
SPCH 2 Introduction to Oral Interpretation3.00
SPCH 3A Introduction to Argumentation3.00
SPCH 9 Critical Thinking and Argumentation3.00
SPCH 52A Forensics 1 (SRJC Speech Team)6.00
SPCH 52B Forensics 2 (SRJC Speech Team)6.00
SPCH 52C Forensics 3 (SRJC Speech Team)6.00
SPCH 52D Forensics 4 (SRJC Speech Team)6.00
 
Communication Studies: List C - complete 3.00 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
COMM 5 Group Discussion and Problem Solving3.00
COMM 6 Interpersonal Communication3.00
COMM 7 Intercultural Communication3.00
COMM 10 Introduction to Communication Studies3.00
COMM 98 Independent Study in Communication Studies1.00-3.00
JOUR 1 Introduction to Journalism3.00
JOUR 2 News Gathering and News Writing3.00
MEDIA 4 Introduction to Mass Communication3.00
SPCH 2 Introduction to Oral Interpretation3.00
SPCH 3A Introduction to Argumentation3.00
SPCH 9 Critical Thinking and Argumentation3.00
SPCH 52A Forensics 1 (SRJC Speech Team)6.00
SPCH 52B Forensics 2 (SRJC Speech Team)6.00
SPCH 52C Forensics 3 (SRJC Speech Team)6.00
SPCH 52D Forensics 4 (SRJC Speech Team)6.00

Program Requirements Notes:

A course used to satisfy a requirement in one category cannot be used to fulfill the requirements in another category.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

Contact
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(707) 527-4217
mnelson@santarosa.edu
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