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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Communication

The Associate of Arts (AA), Emphasis in Communication includes a dynamic blend of theory and practical experience that provides students with a solid introduction to the wide-ranging field of Communication. With an associate degree in Communication, students will gain proficiency in a variety of communication contexts including interpersonal, small group, intercultural, organizational, public and professional speaking. This degree prepares students for their bachelor`s degree transfer pathway and equips them with the communication skill set valued so highly by employers. Coursework provides the foundational conceptual knowledge and tools to understand, analyze, and respond to communication challenges and opportunities in a variety of contexts.

Details

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Communication (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Effective term
Fall 2021
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Describe the communication discipline and its central questions. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM298++, [FYC])
  • Apply communication theories and practices to develop, maintain and manage effective personal and professional relationships. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, [FYC])
  • Demonstrate problem solving and decision-making techniques in a variety of communication settings. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, MKT101, CRE101, [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Analyze messages in various communication settings and channels. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, MKT101, CRE101, SWU225, [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Research and create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM298++, MKT101, CRE101, [CS], [FYC], [HU])
  • Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy). (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, [FYC], [HU])
  • Apply ethical communication principles and practices. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, MKT101, [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Utilize communication to embrace differences in individual, group and public settings. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, MKT101, CRE101, [FYC])
  • Evaluate public discourse and discuss and/or advocate a course of civic action. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, MKT101, CRE101, [FYC], [HU])
  • Display competence in oral, written, and visual communication in various personal and professional contexts. (COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, MKT101, CRE101, [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Engage in scholarly research in the communication discipline. (COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, ENG102, ENG108)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:18
COM100Introduction to Human Communication3
COM110Interpersonal Communication3
COM207Introduction to Communication Inquiry3
COM225Public Speaking3
COM230Small Group Communication3
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-27
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Arts, Communication
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts), Bachelor of Arts, Communication
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU through various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 4: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Communication
No additional coursework needed.
Transfer Plan 5: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Communication
GBS221Business Statistics (3) OR
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
(Recommended: GBS221, MAT206, or SWU225)
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU through various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 6: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Arts, Communication
MKT101Introduction to Public Relations3
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 7: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science, Communication
MKT101Introduction to Public Relations3
Transfer Plan 8: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Communication
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3)3
PSY290ABResearch Methods (4) OR
PSY290ACResearch Methods (4)4
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 9: Grand Canyon University, Bachelor of Arts, Communication
COM222Argumentation3
MKT101Introduction to Public Relations3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 19-29
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designation
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0
Met by COM225 in Required Courses area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0-3
Met by GBS221 or MAT206 or PSY230 or SWU225 in Restricted Electives area OR
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.0-3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
Recommended: COM/THP241 Oral Interpretation of Literature3
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by COM100, COM110, COM230, or COM263 in the Required Courses area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 4-8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
May be met by PSY290AB or PSY290AC in Restricted Electives.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0
 
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by COM263 in Required Courses area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-3
Courses in this area may also be applied to other AGEC Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0
Met by COM100, COM110, COM225, or COM230 in the Required Courses area.
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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