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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.
    COMM 361    The Communication Experience (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)
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 331    Group Discussion (3)
  COMM 341    Organizational Communication (3)
  COMM 351    Mass Media and Society (3)

According to the Conference Board, a global, independent business and research association, several skills have been identified as key to the success of today's employees. These identified skills include critical thinking and problem solving, speaking and listening skills, teamwork and collaboration, diversity, and leadership skills. The Certificate in Applied Communication Skills is designed to deliver these highly marketable skill sets so that students will be better prepared to work and perform in a variety of organizational 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.
-  demonstrate and apply effective group communication strategies.
-  demonstrate effective problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

 Updated 06/05/15

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