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Communications Studies, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T)

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Banner Code: 1_AAT_CMST
Control Number: 30642

Students graduating with an Associate in Arts in Communications for Transfer Degree are well positioned to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a similar major within the California State University system with 60 units of upper-division coursework. Students who complete the Communications Studies AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.

The Orange Coast College Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for transfer program provides students with communication skills that they can apply in personal, professional and global contexts. In these courses students will learn to improve their oral and written communication skills in the areas of critical thinking, organization, analysis, argumentation and presentation of information. Students will learn to improve their verbal and non-verbal interpersonal communication skills in the areas of listening, perception, self-concept, conflict resolution, intercultural and gender communication. These skills are developed in:

Course Title Units
CMST A100Interpersonal Communication3
CMST A105Intrapersonal Communication3
CMST A110Public Speaking3
CMST A150Forensics Workshop1-4
CMST A155Intercultural Communications3
CMST A165Men, Women, and Communication3
CMST A170Nonverbal Communication3
CMST A180Introduction to Mass Communications3
CMST A220Essentials of Argumentation3
CMST A240Media Literacy3

Program Outcomes

  1. Provide students with communication skills that they can apply in personal, professional, and global contexts.
  2. Students will be eligible and prepared for admission (SB 1440 and Education Code 66746) to California State University system schools.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors require a higher GPA. Consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18-semester units in the major as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU General Education Breadth — Option 2) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC — Option 3).
Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Courses
CMST A110Public Speaking3
CMST A100Interpersonal Communication3
CMST A220Essentials of Argumentation3
List A
Select two of the following:6
Reader's Theater and Oral Interpretation
Forensics Workshop
Intercultural Communications
Introduction to Mass Communications
List B
Select one of the following: 13
Intrapersonal Communication
Men, Women, and Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Media Literacy
News Writing and Reporting
Total Major Units18
CSU or IGETC for CSU37-39
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60