The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (Communication Studies AA-T) at Oxnard College offers students curriculum that embraces the many facets of human communication including public speaking, argumentation, interpersonal, intercultural, and group communication. Students will ultimately enhance their communication competency by studying theories and concepts; students will also engage in practical communicative demonstrations.
The AA-T in Communication Studies is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies or other majors designated as “similar” major by a CSU campus. For a current list of what majors (and what options or areas of emphasis within majors) 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 and seek guidance from an Oxnard College counselor. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.
To earn an AA-T in Communication Studies, students must:
- Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units including both of the following:
- Certified completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units in the Communication Studies major as listed in the Oxnard College catalog.
- Obtain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
- 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.
- 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 Communication Studies AA-T 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 and transfer admission requirements.
|Required Core Courses||3|
|Introduction to Oral Communication|
|List A - Complete two courses from the following:||6|
|Argumentation and Debate|
|Small Group Communication|
|List B Complete two courses from the following:||6|
|Any course from List A not already selected|
|Introduction to Communication Studies|
|Introduction to Electronic Media|
|List C - Complete one course from the following:||3-4|
|Any course from List A or B not already selected|
|ANTH R102||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||3|
|or ANTH R102H||Honors: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|ENGL R102||Critical Thinking through Composition and Literature||4|
|or ENGL R102H||Honors: Critical Thinking through Composition and Literature|
|ENGL R128||Composition and Critical Thinking through Non-Fiction||3|
|COMM R114||Introduction to Communication Research||3|
|Total Required Major Units||18-19|
|Double-Counted Units||- 9-18|
|Free Electives Required||12-21|
|Total Units Required for AA-T Degree||60|
|Double-Counted Units||- 3-12|
|Free Electives Required||8-17|
|Total Units Required for AA-T Degree||60|
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Display written and oral communication skills by critically evaluating information, analyzing structure, developing arguments, and supporting positions.
- Think and listen critically and be able to evaluate their own communication competence.
- Understand the interdependencies of culture and communication in dyads, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Apply interpersonal, group, and intercultural concepts and theories to their personal communication encounters.
- Apply appropriate communication theories to verbal, nonverbal, and mediated messages, texts, and/or interactions.