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Communication Studies (COMM)

Degrees & Certificates

The following Communication Studies degrees and certificates are offered:

AA-T — Communication Studies

Required Program (Units)
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
A minimum of 15 units from the following: (15)
Group A: At least 6 units must come from Group A.
COMM 311   Argumentation and Debate (3)
COMM 321   Interpersonal Communication (3)
COMM 331    Group Discussion (3)
Group B: An additional 6 units must come from
Group B or any course not used in Group A.
COMM 305    Oral Interpretation (3)
COMM 315    Persuasion (3)
COMM 325    Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM 341    Organizational Communication (3)
COMM 351    Mass Media and Society (3)
COMM 363    Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
COMM 373   Forensics Laboratory (2)
Group C: An additional 3 units must come from
Group C or any course not used in Groups A and B.
ANTH 310    Cultural Anthropology (3)
ENGWR 301    College Composition and Literature (3)
ENGWR 302    Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (3)
PSYC 300    General Principles (3)
SOC 300    Introductory Sociology (3)

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree program provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. Students should work closely with their Folsom Lake College counselor to ensure that they are taking the appropriate coursework to prepare for majoring in Communication Studies at the institution they wish to transfer to because major and general education requirements may vary for each CSU and the degree may only transfer to specific institutions.

This program has the following completion requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    A. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    B. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

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.

Applied Communication Skills

Required Program (Units)
COMM 301    Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 361    The Communication Experience (3) (3)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: (9)
   COMM 311    Argumentation and Debate (3)
   COMM 315    Persuasion (3)
   COMM 321    Interpersonal Communication (3)
   COMM 325    Intercultural Communication (3)
   COMM 331    Group Discussion (3)
   COMM 341    Organizational Communication (3)
   COMM 351    Mass Media and Society (3)

Effective communication skills allow people to improve many areas of their lives, but especially their social, academic, and professional lives. Effective communication skills are among the top skills sought by organizations. The Certificate in Applied Communication Skills provides meaningful and marketable skills designed to further a student's personal, academic and professional growth. Courses in this certificate may be applied towards associate degree and/or transfer requirements.

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.
  • Demonstrate and apply effective group communication strategies.
  • Demonstrate effective problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

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