ADT in Communication Studies

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree (AA-T) focuses on the areas of public communication, small group communication, oral interpretation, and interpersonal communication. It is designed to increase skills in verbal communication and public speaking, analysis and listening, interpersonal relationships, teamwork and leadership, motivation and initiative, and dealing with diversity.

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree provides lower division preparation for students planning to transfer into Speech Communication and Communication Studies programs. Students should take courses in both Speech Communication and Media Arts. Students who complete this degree will be guaranteed admission with junior status to the California State University system, and will be given priority admission to our local CSU campus.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
SPCH 101Public Address3
or SPCH 101H Public Address - Honors
Select two (2) of the following courses:
Interpersonal Communication3
Argumentation and Debate3
Small Group Communication3
Select two (2) of the following courses:
Mass Media and Society3
Reporting and Writing News3
Public Relations3
Basic Photography3
Select one (1) of the following courses: 1
Reporting and Writing News3
Public Relations3
Cultural History of American Films3
Visual Communications3
Design for Media3
Newspaper Production: Beginning Staff3
Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking3
Total Units18

A.A.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Communication Studies A.A.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Interpret and critically assess a variety of media messages, including those that reflect multicultural perspectives in order to make connections, critically compare and contrast ideas, and produce written, oral, and visual messages.
  2. Research, organize, compose, and deliver public presentations on socially significant and intellectually challenging topics in order to demonstrate college-level public speaking skills and critical thinking.
  3. Effectively listen to and critically evaluate others’ messages in order to appreciate audience needs.