Steps to Completion

  1. Meet with a full-time Communication Studies instructor to discuss course options and your Specialty AreaBegin this process as early as possible (ideally 3 quarters prior to graduation) to ensure that you meet the necessary requirements, listed in the table below.
  2. Complete the Communication Studies AA Degree application and prepare your Specialty Area letter. Your application lists your Communication Studies coursework and your letter identifies and explains your area of concentration. Be sure to include your student ID on both your application and letter. Both application and letter are submitted to one of the Department Co-chairs.
  3. The department will review your materials at one of our monthly meetings. We'll notify you if the application has been approved or needs revision. If approved, your application will be signed and returned to you. If it needs a revision, don't worry: Our faculty members will work with you on the necessary edits and you can resubmit.
  4. Once you have completed the degree requirements and receive your approved application, follow the steps listed on the Graduation page for instructions on how to file for your degree.

Degree Requirements

Things to keep in mind:

  1. You must complete all courses with a grade of "C" or higher
  2. You may also complete courses with a grade of "Pass" if the class is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis, as long as the "Pass" is equal to a "C" or greater.
  3. Courses marked with (H) may be offered as an Honors course.

Complete ONE (1) course from the following

Course Number Course Title Units
COMM 1 (H) Public Speaking 5 units
COMM 10 (H) Fundamentals of Oral Communication 5 units

Complete ONE (1) course from the following

Course Number Course Title Units
COMM 8 (H) Argumentation and Critical Inquiry in Oral Communication 5 units
COMM 9  Argumentation: Analysis of Oral and Written Communication 5 units

Complete ALL of the following

Course Number Course Title Units
JOUR 2 Mass Communication and Its Impact on Society 4 units
COMM 7 (H) Intercultural Communication 4 units
COMM 15 (H) Critical Decision Making in Groups 5 units
COMM 16 (H) Interpersonal Communication 5 units
COMM 70 (H) Effective Organizational Communication 5 units
Specialty Area Please contact an instructor to select specialty area courses. 12 units

Total units required for completion of degree 

Unit Type Unit Description Units
Major Communication Studies A.A. 45 units
GE General Education Courses 32-43 units
Electives Elective courses required when the major units plus GE units total is less than 90  
Total  90 units

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information above, requirements do sometimes change. We recommend consulting course catalogs, the schedule of classes, and the Degree and Certificate Programs page.