Communication Studies Major

The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Communications Studies degree provides students with an introduction to and overview of the field of communications while providing a solid foundation in Speech. Students are provided both theoretical perspectives and practical speaking experience, including the opportunity to be a part of a national award-winning Speech & Debate team and/or being part of the student newspaper, The Oak Leaf. This emphasis offers comprehensive lower division baccalaureate work in the field of Communication. This degree is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

1. Apply communication theory to more effectively communicate in a variety of public, private and social context;
2. Effectively express one’s ideas through oral communication; and
3. Utilize critical thinking skills to defend, refute and critique presentations.

The table below gives a list of requirements for the degree. For the recommended sequence of classes, including suggestions for different emphases such as interpersonal communications, performance, rhetoric and communication and media see this separate page.

 

Communication Studies (AA-T) Communications Studies Total Units: 18

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

Description:

The Communication Studies Associate in Arts for Transfer degree is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. 

Students will have to fulfill the following requirements to earn this degree:

  1. Complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

    • The Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth requirements; and

    • A minimum of 18-22 semester units as required for the Associate in Arts for Transfer in Communication Studies major.

  2. Obtain an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0

  3. Earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the Associate in Arts for Transfer in Communication Studies major.

See the state issued Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) template for any further clarification regarding program requirements. NOTE: List B requires that two courses be completed regardless of unit value.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Communication Studies (AA-T) program are:

  • Complete 18 units from

    • Communication Studies for Transfer

    • Communication Studies: List A

    • Communication Studies: List B

    • Communication Studies: List C

 

Communication Studies for Transfer - complete 3.00 units

Course

Description

Units

COMM 1https://portal.santarosa.edu/SRWeb/SR_CourseOutlines.aspx?ck=SPCH1A

Introduction to Public Speaking

3.00

 

Communication Studies: List A - complete 6.00 units

Course

Description

Units

Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
COMM 3 and COMM 5
COMM 3 and COMM 6
COMM 9 and COMM 5
COMM 9 and COMM 6
COMM 5 and COMM 6

6.00

 

Communication Studies: List B - complete 6.00 units

Course

Description

Units

Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:

COMM 5 

Group Discussion and Problem Solving

3.00

COMM 6 

Interpersonal Communication

3.00

COMM 7 

Intercultural Communication

3.00

COMM 10 

Introduction to Communication Studies

3.00

MEDIA 4 

Introduction to Mass Communication

3.00

COMM 2 

Introduction to Oral Interpretation

3.00

COMM 3 

Introduction to Argumentation

3.00

COMM 9 

Critical Thinking and Argumentation

3.00

COMM 52A 

Forensics 1 (SRJC Speech Team)

6.00

COMM 52B 

Forensics 2 (SRJC Speech Team)

6.00

COMM 52C 

Forensics 3 (SRJC Speech Team)

6.00

COMM 52D 

Forensics 4 (SRJC Speech Team)

6.00

 

Communication Studies: List C - complete 3.00 units

Course

Description

Units

Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:

COMM 5 

Group Discussion and Problem Solving

3.00

COMM 6 

Interpersonal Communication

3.00

COMM 7 

Intercultural Communication

3.00

COMM 10 

Introduction to Communication Studies

3.00

COMM 98 

Independent Study in Communication Studies

1.00-3.00

JOUR 1 

Introduction to Journalism

3.00

JOUR 2 

News Gathering and News Writing

3.00

MEDIA 4 

Introduction to Mass Communication

3.00

COMM 2 

Introduction to Oral Interpretation

3.00

COMM 3 

Introduction to Argumentation

3.00

COMM 9 

Critical Thinking and Argumentation

3.00

COMM 52A 

Forensics 1 (SRJC Speech Team)

6.00

COMM 52B 

Forensics 2 (SRJC Speech Team)

6.00

COMM 52C 

Forensics 3 (SRJC Speech Team)

6.00

COMM 52D 

Forensics 4 (SRJC Speech Team)

6.00

 

Program Requirements Notes:

A course used to satisfy a requirement in one category cannot be used to fulfill the requirements in another category.