(CSUGE) MAA587/AA587
(IGETC) MAA588/AA588

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree provides opportunity for students to transfer to a CSU with junior standing. The degree encourages students to examine and evaluate human communication across and within various contexts for the purpose of increasing competence. ​

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Synthesize communication principles and theories to develop communication competence to improve human interaction.
  • Apply and analyze rhetorical principles for a variety of purposes adapting to audience and context.
  • Understand the theoretical and practical relationships between and among symbols, culture and gender to competently create, interpret and/or evaluate messages.

Required Courses (18-19 units)                                                                                                                                                   Units

COM-1*/1H*       Public Speaking/Honors                                                                                                                                          3

COM-9*/9H*      Interpersonal Communication/ Honors                                                                                                                     3

Electives from Group A                                                                                                                                                                       3

Electives from Group B                                                                                                                                                                       6

Electives from Group C                                                                                                                                                                    3-4

Electives Group A (3 units)                                                                                                                                                                  

COM-2*         Persuasion in Rhetorical Perspective                                                                                                                         3

COM-3*         Argumentation and Debate                                                                                                                                         3

COM-6*         Dynamics of Small Group Communication                                                                                                                 3

Electives Group B (6 units)                                                                                                                                                                  

Any course not applied in group A

COM-7 *              Oral Interpretation of Literature                                                                                                                            3

COM-12*             Intercultural Communication                                                                                                                                 3

COM-20               Introduction to Communication Theory                                                                                                                3

Electives Group C (3-4 units)                                                                                                                                                               

Any COM course not applied in group A or B above

COM-5                 Parliamentary Procedure                                                                                                                                      1

COM-11*             Storytelling                                                                                                                                                              3

COM-13*             Gender and Communication                                                                                                                                   3

COM-19               Reader’s Theater                                                                                                                                                    3

ANT-2*                Cultural Anthropology                                                                                                                                              3

JOU-7*                Mass Communications                                                                                                                                            3

PSY-1*/1H*             General Psychology                                                                                                                                             3

SOC-1*/1H*            Introduction to Sociology/ Honors                                                                                                                        3

*Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree awarded upon completion of  60 semester CSU-transferable units; the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern; a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district; obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.  (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill the RCCD graduation requirements found in section VII. Additional degree requirements: Health Education and Self Development)