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

Banner Code: 1_AAT_CMST

Control Number: 30642

Financial Aid Eligible


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: CMST A100, CMST A105, CMST A110, CMST A150, CMST A155 CMST A165, CMST A170, CMST A180, CMST A220, and CMST A240.

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 “P”) 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).
  5. A minimum of 12 units in residence at OCC.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Course
CMST A110Public Speaking3
List A
Select two of the following:6
Interpersonal Communication
Essentials of Argumentation
List B
Select two of the following:6
Reader's Theater and Oral Interpretation
Forensics Workshop
Intercultural Communications
Introduction to Mass Communications
List C
Select one of the following or a course not yet chosen from List B:3
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

Program Sequence - CSU

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
CMST A100 Interpersonal Communication 3
CSU GE AREA A2- CHOOSE ONE 3
CSU GE AREA B4- CHOOSE ONE 3-4
CSU GE AREA C1- CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units12-13
Semester 2
CMST A220 Essentials of Argumentation 3
CMST A110 Public Speaking 3
HIST A170
History of the United States to 1876
or History of the United States to 1876 Honors
or History of the United States Since 1876
or History of the United States Since 1876 Honors
3
ELECTIVE (CSU TRANSFERABLE) 3
ADT LIST B COURSE- CHOOSE ONE 3
Reader's Theater and Oral Interpretation
or Forensics Workshop
or Intercultural Communications
or Introduction to Mass Communications
 
 Units15
Summer
ELECTIVE (CSU TRANSFERABLE) 3
 Units3
Year 2
Semester 1
CSU GE AREA B1 (no lab)- CHOOSE ONE 3
CSU GE AREA F- CHOOSE ONE 3
ELECTIVE (CSU TRANSFERABLE) 3
ADT LIST B COURSE - CHOOSE ONE 3
Reader's Theater and Oral Interpretation
or Forensics Workshop
or Intercultural Communications
or Introduction to Mass Communications
 
ADT LIST C COURSE - CHOOSE ONE 3
Intrapersonal Communication
or Men, Women, and Communication
or Men, Women, and Communication
or Nonverbal Communication
or Media Literacy
or News Writing and Reporting
 
 Units15
Semester 2
PSCI A180
American Government
or American Government Honors
3
CSU GE AREA B2 (with lab)- CHOOSE ONE 4
ELECTIVE (CSU TRANSFERABLE) 1 8
 Units15
 Total Units60-61

Program Sequence - IGETC

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
CMST A100 Interpersonal Communication 3
HIST A170
History of the United States to 1876
or History of the United States to 1876 Honors
or History of the United States Since 1876
or History of the United States Since 1876 Honors
3
IGETC GE AREA 1A- CHOOSE ONE 3
IGETC GE AREA 2- CHOOSE ONE 3-4
IGETC GE AREA 3A- CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units15-16
Semester 2
CMST A220 Essentials of Argumentation 3
CMST A110 Public Speaking 3
IGETC GE AREA 3A OR 3B- CHOOSE ONE 3
IGETC AREA 1B- CHOOSE ONE 3-4
ELECTIVE (UC TRANSFERABLE) 2
 Units14-15
Year 2
Semester 1
PSCI A180
American Government
or American Government Honors
3
IGETC GE AREA 5A (no lab)- CHOOSE ONE 3
ELECTIVE (UC TRANSFERABLE) 3
ADT LIST B COURSE - CHOOSE TWO 6
Reader's Theater and Oral Interpretation
or Forensics Workshop
or Intercultural Communications
or Introduction to Mass Communications
 
 Units15
Semester 2
IGETC GE AREA 4- CHOOSE ONE 3
IGETC GE AREA 4- CHOOSE ONE 3
IGETC GE AREA 5B (with lab)- CHOOSE ONE 4
LOTE: Foreign Language or ELECTIVE (UC TRANSFERABLE) 3-5
ADT LIST C COURSE- CHOOSE ONE 3
Intrapersonal Communication
or Men, Women, and Communication
or Men, Women, and Communication
or Nonverbal Communication
or Media Literacy
or News Writing and Reporting
 
 Units16-18
 Total Units60-64