Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Communication Studies (AA)

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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.

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE)*
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.
AJ 025Constitutional Law *3
BUS 020Business Statistics *3
BUS/COMM 112Public Speaking for Business *4
BUS 119Quantitative Methods *3
COMM 001Fundamentals/Public Speaking *3
COMM 004Interpersonal Communication *3
COMM 005Argumentation and Debate *3
COMM 007Persuasion *3
COMM 008Group Communication *3
COMP 005Computer Concepts *4
COMP 006Programming Fundamentals *3
ENGL 001College Reading & Composition *4
ENGL 002Logic and Composition *3
JOUR 007Mass Communication *3
MATH 010Structure and Concepts 1 *4
MATH 021Introduction to Statistics *4
MATH 065Calculus 1 *4
MATH 070Precalculus *5
MATH 154Trigonometry *4
PHIL 020Introductory Logic *3
PHIL 025Critical Thinking *3
SSCI 025Statistics - Social Sciences *4
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units
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).