Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Communications - Not for Transfer (AA)

Division: Student Services

This degree provides an opportunity for students who are not intending to transfer to a four-year university to earn an Associate of Arts Degree with an area of emphasis in Communication Studies. This degree is designed to provide an introductory foundation in communication studies and to prepare students for life in the global community by developing a core of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for personal and professional success. The curriculum emphasizes the principles and applications of language toward logical thought, clear and precise expression, and critical evaluation of communication in whatever symbol system used. Students will learn to read, listen, speak, and write effectively, and will acquire the ability to distinguish fact from judgment, and belief from knowledge.

Program Outcomes

  • Construct clear and precise arguments using appropriate analytic tools.
  • Relate the importance of logical thought to effective communication.
  • Apply interpersonal skills to enhance communication.

Career Opportunities

Copy Writer, Sales, Advertising Specialist, Fund Raiser, Communication Trainer, Customer Service Representative, Technical Writer, Community Affairs Liaison, Program Coordinator, Public Information Assistant.

General Education and Subject Requirements (25 Units)25
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE)*
Required Major Courses (18 Units)18
Complete a minimum of 18 units with a "C" grade or better from the following courses. Courses used to fulfill the general education requirements listed above may be counted as part of this 18-unit minimum.
Constitutional Law *
Business Statistics *
Public Speaking for Business *
Quantitative Methods *
Fundamentals/Public Speaking *
Interpersonal Communication *
Argumentation and Debate *
Persuasion *
Group Communication *
Computer Concepts *
Programming Fundamentals *
College Reading & Composition *
Logic and Composition *
Mass Communication *
Structure and Concepts 1 *
Introduction to Statistics *
Calculus 1 *
Precalculus *
Trigonometry *
Introductory Logic *
Critical Thinking *
Statistics - Social Sciences *
Electives (24 Units)24
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units

 Courses meet General Education requirements and 7 units may double count above in COS-GE.

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis requirements include completion of the 60 unit program defined above with at least 12 units taken in residence at College of the Sequoias with a “C” (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).