Communication Studies is specifically focused on the study of human communication within such contexts as interpersonal relationships, small groups, organizations, and cultures. Topics of study vary accordingly and include such areas as language and meaning, nonverbal communication, conflict management, leadership, problem solving, and interviewing. Students examine the role that communication plays in managing their interactions in both personal and professional contexts. While there is some specific communication skill development in the introductory courses, most courses focus on understanding and analyzing the nature of human communication within the given context. Because communication skills are always listed as the most desirable quality that employers are looking for in applicants, the number of possible career paths is almost limitless. Some general areas where Communication Studies graduates are often employed include human relations, personnel, training and development, corporate communication, sales, public relations, management, and event planning.
The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree 2.0 (AA-T in Communication Studies 2.0) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree at a California State University (CSU) in Communication Studies, or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Each CSU campus determines which of the degrees it offers are “similar” and can be completed with the preparation included in the AA-T in Communication Studies 2.0 within 60 units once a student transfers, so which majors are “similar” varies from CSU to CSU. For a current list of what majors (and what options or areas of emphasis within that major) have been designated as “similar” to this degree at each CSU campus, please refer to CSU’s Associate Degree for Transfer Major and Campus Search webpage and seek guidance from a Moorpark College counselor. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.
To earn an Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree 2.0, students must:
1. Complete 60 CSU-transferable semester or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to California State University, including both of the following:
a. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements.
b. The required coursework in the Communication Studies 2.0 major as listed in the Moorpark College catalog.
2. Obtain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some transfer institutions and majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
3. Obtain a grade of “C” or better or “P” in all courses required in the major. Even though a “pass-no-pass” is allowed (Title 5 §55063), it is highly recommended that students complete their major courses with a letter grade (A, B, or C).
4. Complete requirements in residency. For students in the Ventura County Community College District, a minimum of 12 units must be completed in residence at the college granting the degree.
Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the AA-T in Communication Studies 2.0 degree will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major at a particular campus). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
|REQUIRED CORE: (6 units)||6|
|COMM M01||Public Speaking||3|
|or COMM M01H||Honors: Public Speaking|
|COMM M04||Interpersonal Communication||3|
|LIST A - Select and complete at least three courses (minimum 9 units)||9-10|
|COMM M02||Introduction to Persuasion||3|
|COMM M05||Oral Interpretation of Literature||3|
|COMM M06||Small Group Communication||3|
|COMM M07||Argumentation and Debate||3|
|COMM M10A||Forensics I||2|
|COMM M12||Intercultural Communications||3|
|FTMA M100||Introduction to Mass Communications||3|
|or JOUR M01||Introduction to Mass Communications|
|MATH M15||Introductory Statistics||4|
|or MATH M15H||Honors: Introductory Statistics|
|LIST B: Select and complete 1 course (3 units)||3-4|
|Any course from LIST A not already used.|
|ANTH M02||Cultural Anthropology||3|
|COMM M13||Gender Communication||3|
|COMM M16||Readers Theatre||3|
|COMM M17||Computer-Mediated Communication||3|
|COMM M18||Introduction to Organizational Communication||3|
|COMM M19||Communication and Leadership||3|
|COMM M20||Business and Professional Speech||3|
|COMM M23||Introduction to Health Communication||3|
|COMM M25||Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism||3|
|COMM M26||Rhetoric of Popular Culture||3|
|ENGL M01B||Literature: Critical Thinking and Composition||4|
|or ENGL M01BH||Honors Literature: Critical Thinking and Composition|
|ENGL M01C||Critical Thinking and Composition||3|
|or ENGL M01CH||Honors: Critical Thinking and Composition|
|JOUR M02||Digital Media Reporting & Writing||3|
|PSY M01||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|or PSY M01H||Honors: Introduction to Psychology|
|SOC M110||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|or SOC M110H||Honors: Introduction to Sociology|
|Total Units for the Major||18 - 20|
|General Education Requirements|
|CSU GE-Breadth: 39 units|
Double-Counted Units: 9 - 18
Electives to meet 60 CSU units: 7-21
|IGETC Pattern: 37. NOTE: IGETC 1C is required for all CSU applicants. Students applying to a UC or Private school may earn this ADT without IGETC 1C but will be ineligible to apply to a CSU.|
Total Units that may be double-counted: 9 - 18
Electives to meet 60 CSU units: 9 - 23
|Total Units Required for the AA-T Degree||60|