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Communication Studies, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner Code: 3_AAT_CMST

Control Number: 33014

Financial Aid Eligible

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.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are open to all Coastline students. Students who do not plan on transferring to a California State University school should consult their Counselor regarding the benefits of an AA-T/AS-T degree based on their goals. Students earning an AA-T or AS-T and intending on transferring to a California State University school receive transfer admission benefits for specific majors at many California State University campuses. Visit the Transfer Information catalog page for more information.

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
Complete the following:
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 or any List A course not taken: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
Units Required for the Major18
CSU General Education or IGETC pattern37-39
Transfer Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable unitsVaries
Total for Degree60

Communication Studies ADT Program Map

This Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program map is a recommended example of all major (program) requirements as well as general education requirements for two-year completion or transfer. This path may be altered to fit your individual academic needs. These two-year program maps were created by program faculty and counselors and demonstrate a recommended path to completion. Students are advised to meet with a Coastline Counselor for individualized program planning.

Your Path to Success

Follow this path to earn your ADT in Communication Studies in 2 years.

Don't forget to consult a counselor for an education plan!

Course Title Units
1st Semester
CMST C110Public Speaking3
ENGL C100Freshman Composition4
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
COUN C105Strategies for College Success3
ART C105Introduction to Art3
2nd Semester
CMST C100Interpersonal Communication3
CMST C101Fundamentals of Human Communication3
HIST C175United States History since 18763
PSCI C180American Government3
MRSC C100Introduction to Marine Science3
3rd Semester
CMST C220Essentials of Argumentation3
CMST C150Intercultural Communication3
GEOL C105General Geology3
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
4th Semester
CMST C140Small Group Communication3
PHIL C100Introduction to Philosophy3
SOC C233Racial and Ethnic Relations in America3
ANTH C100Cultural Anthropology3
MCOM C100Introduction to Mass Communications3