Program Description

This area of emphasis is intended to align with preparation for transfer into the CSU system in such majors as Art, Communication, English, Journalism, Television and Radio, Theatre Arts, and other similar fields of study. Communicating well and understanding the communication process are essential to professional success in many fields. People communicate to influence, to persuade, and to express. Learning to communicate effectively is one important reason for the study of Communication Arts. Studying the communication process helps one understand how the human mind works. Analyzing the messages in advertisements, television programs, and political speeches helps one to understand our society. Studying communication in everyday relationships, groups, and organizations shows us how these systems are created and maintained. Areas of study include face to face interaction, group process, organizational communication, rhetoric, advocacy, intercultural communication, political communication, and performance studies. Communication Arts students can expect to develop skills essential for leadership and career development, and for understanding and interpreting events.  

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better or
better, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)

Associate in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements 

Required  Core (3 UNITS)

  • SPCH 001 — Fundamentals of Speech (3)
      or SPCH 001H - Honors Fundamentals of Speech (3)

List A: Select Any 2 Courses (6 units)

  • SPCH 009 — Communication and Group Leadership (3)
  • SPCH 010 — Interpersonal Communications (3)
  • SPCH 012 — Argumentation and Critical Thinking 3)
      or SPCH 006 — Argumentation and Debate (3)  

List B: Select any 2 courses from below or from any List A course not used above (minimum 6 units)

  • SPCH 002 — Persuasion (3)
  • SPCH 003 — Voice and Diction (3)
  • SPCH 004 — Oral Interpretation (3)
  • SPCH 005 — Forensics - Speech and Debate Team (3)
  • SPCH 008 — Readers' Theater (3)
  • SPCH 013 — Introduction to Speech Communication (3)
  •  COMM 001 — Survey of Mass Communication (3)
  • ENGL 012 — Intercultural Communication (3)
    LING 012 — Intercultural Communication (3)

List C: Select any 1 course from below or from any list a or b course not used above (3 units)

  • ANTH 002 — Cultural Anthropology (3)
      or ANTH 002H — Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • SOC 001 — Introductory Sociology (3)
  • PSYC 001 — Introduction to Psychology (3)
    PSYC 001H — Honors Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • ENGL 001B — Reading and Composition (4)
      or ENGL 001BH — Honors Reading and Composition (4)
  • ENGL 001C — Intermediate Composition-Critical Thinking and Argument (4)
      or ENGL 001CH — Honors Intermediate Composition-Critical Thinking and
         Argument (4)
  • JOUR 002 — Beginning Journalism (3)
    JOUR 004A — Reporting and Newswriting (3)

Units Required

  • Required Subtotal: 18-19
  • CSU General Education or CSU IGETC Pattern: 37-39
  • Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
  • Degree  Total: 60 Units 


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate the role of communication in multiple contexts.
  2.  Demonstrate competencies for ethical communication.
  3. Critically analyze various communication practices.
  4. Demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication in diverse forms and contexts. 

Catalog Year
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