The Associate of Arts in Communication imparts the interpersonal and group communication skills required for success in all professions in today’s technological, global, and diverse world. You’ll learn effective public speaking techniques and how to develop compelling presentations, while studying communication history, theory, and ethics. This online associate degree is a good stepping-stone for careers in journalism, marketing and public relations, business management, public policy, or corporate training. Knowledge gained from this associate degree can also serve as a springboard to a related baccalaureate degree.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the various theoretical models and separate parts of the communication process.
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation appropriate to a selected communication setting or event.
  • Articulate the issues relevant to interpersonal and/or intercultural communication.
  • Apply relevant techniques to interpersonal and/or intercultural communication.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history, models, theories, and concepts of mass communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics and processes of small group communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and dynamics of communication between genders.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required18
Elective Requirements12
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics for Business
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communications
Proficiency in Writing
Argumentation and Rhetoric
Introduction to Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Effective Business Communication
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting I
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to STEM Disciplines
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (18 semester hours)

COMM101Introduction to Communication3
COMM200Public Speaking3
COMM211Social Media and Society3
COMM240Intercultural Communication3
COMM250Mass Communication3
COMM280Ethics in Communication3
Total Semester Hours18

Elective Requirements (12 semester hours)

Students must complete 12 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.12
Total Semester Hours12