Communication - AA

The Associate of Arts (AA), Communication includes a dynamic blend of theory and practical experience that provides students with a solid introduction to the wide-ranging field of Communication. With an associate degree in Communication, students will gain proficiency in a variety of communication contexts including interpersonal, small group, intercultural, organizational, public and professional speaking. This degree prepares students for their bachelor degree transfer pathway and equips them with the communication skill set valued so highly by employers. Coursework provides the foundational conceptual knowledge and tools to understand, analyze, and respond to communication challenges and opportunities in a variety of contexts.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8124
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2019-2020

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Course Format

Courses are available in-person (day and evening), hybrid (mixed in-person and online), and online. Many students take a combination of in-person, hybrid, and online courses as they successfully complete their Communication studies.

Program Length

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who do not have pre-existing college credit. 

Textbooks

To assist our students, many Communication courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low-cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs.

Program Contacts

Dr. Joseph Ortiz, Department Chair
Office: LC-330
(480) 423-6330
joseph.ortiz@scottsdalecc.edu

Brian Davis, Communication Residential Faculty
Office: LC-329
(480) 423-6353
brian.davis@scottsdalecc.edu

Dr. Anneliese Harper, Communication Residential Faculty
Office: LC-333
(480) 423-6326
anneliese.harper@scottsdalecc.edu

Dr. Lucas Messer, Communication Residential Faculty
Office: LC-334
(480) 423-6230
lucas.messer@scottsdalecc.edu

Janet Robinson, Program Advisor Film Humanities/Residential Faculty
Office: LC-331
(480) 423-6478
janet.robinson@scottsdalecc.edu

Department Office
Office: LC-305
Phone: (480) 423-6347
Fax: (480) 423-6469
lcoffice@scottsdalecc.edu

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Describe the communication discipline and its central questions.
  2. Utilize communication theories and practices to develop, maintain, and manage effective personal and professional relationships.
  3. Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context.
  4. Interpret meaning and influence of messages.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals through self-efficacy.
  6. Apply ethical communication principles and practices.
  7. Utilize communication to manage differences effectively.
  8. Evaluate public discourse and advocate a course of civic action.
  9. Display competence in oral, written, and visual communication in various personal and professional contexts.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

$50,370

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$57,910

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

$88,550

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border. Depending on your selected option, the blue bordered courses may replace the gray bordered courses found in the other options.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

The language requirement may be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication Critical course Gateway course SB 3
COM110 or
COM230
Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–5
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3
Meet with a transfer specialist.

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM225 Public Speaking L 3
COM110 or
COM230
Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3
SQ Natural Sciences 3
Meet with a transfer specialist. Graduation Check. Apply to Sigma Chi Eta Honor Society.

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM207 Introduction to Communication Inquiry 3
HU
SG or SQ Natural Sciences 4
Elective Elective 3
Meet with a transfer specialist. Congratulations! You have completed your degree!

Electives:

The following electives are recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in Communication Competence in the Workplace (Major Code 6219N):

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM222 Argumentation 3
COM241 Oral Interpretation of Literature or THP241 3
COM250 Introduction to Organizational Communication 3
COM259 Communication in Business and Professions 3
COM281 Communication Activities 1
COM282AA or
COM282AB or
COM282AC
Service-Learning Experience in Communication or Service-Learning Experience in Communication or Service-Learning Experience in Communication 1–3
COM298AA or
COM298AB or
COM298AC
Special Projects or Special Projects or Special Projects 1–3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

The language requirement may be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM110 or
COM230
Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 3
Sigma Chi Eta Honor Society Application, Meet with ASU Transfer Specialist: Select Transfer Path

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM225 Public Speaking L 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM110 or
COM230
Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 3
SQ Natural Sciences 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or SQ Natural Sciences 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM207 Introduction to Communication Inquiry 3
Meet with ASU Transfer Specialist: Transition to Transfer Institution

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3
Elective Three Elective Courses 9
Completion of Associate in Arts, Completion of AGEC-A

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU
Elective Elective 3

Electives:

The following electives are recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in Communication Competence in the Workplace (Major Code 6219N):

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM222 Argumentation L 3
COM241 or
THP241
Oral Interpretation of Literature or Oral Interpretation of Literature HU, L 3
COM250 Introduction to Organizational Communication SB 3
COM259 Communication in Business and Professions 3
COM281 Communication Activities 1
COM282AA or
COM282AB or
COM282AC
Service-Learning Experience in Communication or Service-Learning Experience in Communication or Service-Learning Experience in Communication 1–3
COM298AA or
COM298AB or
COM298AC
Special Projects or Special Projects or Special Projects 1–3

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Program Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Communication (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=135324).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.