Associate in Arts, Communication

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

Major Code: 
8124
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Communication
Total credits required: 
60-64
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

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Description

Students with multiple interests and diverse talents will find Communication as the perfect major because the discipline provides theory, tools, and techniques for analyzing, managing and improving communication in all areas of personal and professional interaction. Communication courses enable students to understand, analyze and respond to communication problemsand opportunities, including public speaking, interpersonal relationships, small groups, and community, civic and cultural groups. Our communication courses provide students with opportunities to learn ways to respond in varied communication contexts through hands-on applications.

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. 

Cost

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Art degree with emphasis in Communication is $5,125. This amount includes tuition and course fees for Communication courses. Communication course fees average $5 per class. Textbooks and course fees in other classes outside of the Communication program are not calculated.

Textbooks

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

Program Curriculum
  • Mapping scheduled for the 2018-19 academic year
Program Contacts

Darrell Copp, Department Chair
Office: LC-313
(480) 423-6347
darrell.copp@scottsdalecc.edu

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

Department Office
Office: LC-305
Phone: (480) 423-6459
Fax(480) 423-6469
lcoffice@scottsdalecc.edu

General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits.
Recommended for students intending to earn the Academic Certificate in Communication Competence in the Workplace (Major Code 6219N):
COM222Argumentation (3)
COM/THP241Oral Interpretation of Literature (3)
COM250Introduction to Organizational Communication (3)
COM259Communication in Business and Professions (3)
COM281Communication Activities (1)
COM282++Service Learning in Communication (1-3)
COM298++Special Projects (1-3)0-19
For students intending to transfer to Northern Arizona University to earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Communication, in consultation with an NAU transfer specialist, select 0 to 18 credits of coursework that can be used to fulfill (or partially fulfill) NAU`s Minor or Certificate requirement.
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the communication discipline and its central questions. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM298++, [FYC])
  • Apply communication theories and practices to develop, maintain and manage effective personal and professional relationships. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, [FYC])
  • Demonstrate problem solving and decision-making techniques in a variety of communication settings. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Analyze messages in various communication settings and channels. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, SWU225, [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Research and create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM298++, CRE101, [CS], [FYC], [HU])
  • Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals (self-efficacy). (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, [FYC], [HU])
  • Apply ethical communication principles and practices. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Utilize communication to embrace differences in individual, group and public settings. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, [FYC])
  • Evaluate public discourse and discuss and/or advocate a course of civic action. (COM100, COM110, COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, [FYC], [HU])
  • Display competence in oral, written, and visual communication in various personal and professional contexts. (COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM/THP241, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Engage in scholarly research in the communication discipline. (COM207, COM222, COM225, COM230, COM250, COM259, COM263, COM281, COM282++, COM298++, CRE101, ENG102, ENG108)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:18
COM100Introduction to Human Communication3
COM110Interpersonal Communication3
COM207Introduction to Communication Inquiry3
COM225Public Speaking3
COM230Small Group Communication3
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-23
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Subplan 1: Arizona State University (Tempe or Polytechnic), Bachelor of Arts, Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Arts, and University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-20
Subplan 2: Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Science
No additional coursework needed.
Subplan 3: Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Science
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also 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).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-20
GBS221Business Statistics (3) OR
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
(GBS221,MAT206, or SWU225 recommended)
Subplan 4: Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Arts
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. This requirement may also 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).
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
SLG+++ Any SLG Sign Language course(s)0-20
Subplan 5: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science and Grand Canyon University, Bachelor of Arts
No additional coursework needed.
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 23-28
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0
Met by COM225 in Required Courses area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-5).3-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0-3
Met by GBS221 or MAT206 or PSY230 or SWU225 in Restricted Electives area OR
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.0-3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
(COM/THP241Oral Interpretation of Literature 3 recommended)
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by COM100 or COM110 or COM230 or COM263 in Required Courses area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0
 
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by COM263 in Required Courses area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-3
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0
Met by COM100 or COM110 or COM225 or COM230 in Required Courses area.
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.