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Communication Studies, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


The Coastline College Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer program empowers students with the tools to analyze and improve communication in their personal, academic, public, and professional interactions. Students will study and learn to effectively construct, evaluate, and communicate appropriate messages in a variety of communicative situations. By completing this program students will be prepared to become effective contributors and leaders in their communities and chosen careers.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Use written and oral tools to analyze and improve communication in personal, academic, public, and professional interactions.
  2. Effectively deliver oral presentations in a range of settings to diverse audiences.
  3. Construct written messages for various purposes to diverse audiences.
  4. Observe, evaluate, and competently exercise interpersonal communication skills.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. A minimum of 12 units must be in residence at Coastline College.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an Associate Degree for Transfer major as detailed in the catalog.
  4. Certified Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth - Coastline’s Option 2 General Education pattern), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC - Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern).
Course Title Units
Required Core
Students will complete the following course:
CMST C110Public Speaking3
List A
Select two of the following:6
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Essentials of Argumentation
List B
Select two of the following:6
Intercultural Communication
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Introduction to Mass Communications
List C
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing
Total Required for the Major18
CSU General Education or IGETC pattern37-39
Transfer Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable units
Total for Degree60