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Communication Studies (COMM)

Degrees & Certificates

The following Communication Studies degrees and certificates are offered:

DEGREE
AA-T — Communication Studies

Required Program (Units)
Required Core:
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
Category A:
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
COMM 311 Argumentation and Debate (3)
COMM 321 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COMM 331 Group Discussion (3)
Category B (plus any course not used above):
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
CMED 300/COMM 351 Mass Media and Society (3)
COMM 315 Persuasion (3)
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 363 Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
COMM 373 Forensics Laboratory (2)
Category C (plus any course not used above):
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
Any transfer level communication course not used to satisfy another part of the degree requirements. Students should also consider courses in Journalism and Communications Media to fulfill GE requirements not met by the Communication courses listed in the degree.
CMED 300/COMM 351 Mass Media and Society (3)
COMM 305 Oral Interpretation (3)
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 341 Organizational Communication (3)
COMM 361 The Communication Experience (3)
COMM 363 Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 18

Students are required to:
- Complete a minimum of 19 semester units in the major with a grade of C or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework.
- Complete 60 semester CSU-transferable units using the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU-GE Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. 
- No more than 60 semester units are required.


The AA for Transfer in Communication Studies prepares students for graduation from Folsom Lake College and specifically will transfer to a CSU, including lower division preparation for the major. Courses required for the degree provide students with a practical as well as theoretical foundation in the discipline and offer a critical perspective on human communication in a variety of contexts. Students completing this program will explore the history and interdisciplinary nature of human communication, develop communication competency for a variety of contexts, compose and critically evaluate oral, written and visual messages for diverse audiences, construct and defend arguments in support of a thesis, as well as demonstrate individual responsibility and integrity in all communication interactions.

NOTE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS: Students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree in this major should meet with a counselor to confirm the courses required for lower division preparation in the major. Transfer institutions may vary in terms of the required preparation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Explain the history, evolution and multidisciplinary nature of human communication.
- Analyze evidence and reasoning to identify and provide appropriate and credible support for written and oral communication.
- Demonstrate individual responsibility, integrity, and respect in all communication interactions.
- Design and deliver effective and appropriate written, oral and/or visual messages in a variety of personal, professional, and social contexts.
- Utilize both nonverbal and verbal communication strategies appropriate for diverse audiences in order to demonstrate communication competency.
- Differentiate amongst various theoretical perspectives within the discipline of Human Communication.

CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
Applied Communication Skills

Required Program (Units)
A minimum of 12 units from the following:
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
COMM 311 Argumentation and Debate (3)
COMM 315 Persuasion (3)
COMM 321 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 341 Organizational Communication (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 12

This certificate program provides the communication skills necessary for entry-level positions in business, and helps improve managerial attributes with an emphasis on abilities to communicate effectively, efficiently and appropriately in organizational settings. Students with this certificate are prepared to design messages based on analysis of the intended audience and cultural context, apply effective listening skills, analyze persuasive messages, and demonstrate effective oral presentation skills. The certificate prepares students with the skills necessary to demonstrate proficiency in different communication settings by identifying and appraising factors that affect organizational communication structures in small group, interpersonal and intercultural settings.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Design and relate messages clearly for effective and appropriate oral communication.
- Apply effective listening skills to comprehend spoken messages, analyze information critically and consider multiple perspectives.
- Compose ideas clearly in effective, appropriate and well-organized written messages.
- Demonstrate effective communication appropriate to diverse contexts and people.

 Updated 10/01/14

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