The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree prepares students for graduation from Cosumnes River College as well as transfer to a four-year university, including lower division preparation for the major. Courses required for the degree provide students with a practical as well as theoretical foundation in the discipline and offer a critical perspective on human communication in a variety of contexts. Students completing this program will explore the history and interdisciplinary nature of human communication, develop communication competency for a variety of contexts, compose and critically evaluate oral, written and visual messages for diverse audiences, construct and defend arguments in support of a thesis, as well as demonstrate individual responsibility and integrity in all communication interactions.
Note about Transfer
The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a campus of the California State University (CSU). Other than the required core for the major, the courses you choose to complete this degree will depend to some extent on the selected CSU for transfer. In addition, some CSU GE Breadth or IGETC requirements can also be completed using courses required for this associate degree for transfer major (known as "double-counting"). Meeting with a counselor to determine the most appropriate course choices will facilitate efficient completion of your transfer requirements. For students wishing to transfer to other universities (UC System, private, or out-of-state), the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree may not provide adequate preparation for upper-division transfer admissions; it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for the major, as programs vary widely in terms of the required preparation.
*Major courses which also fulfill a transfer General Education (GE) requirement (“double-counting”). Please note that there are limitations on double-counting — consult a Counselor when planning your courses to maximize the number of courses that fulfill both the requirements for the major and GE.
¹Any transfer level communication (COMM) course listed that is completed in this category cannot be used to satisfy another part of the degree requirements.
²Any transfer level communication (COMM) course listed that is completed in this category cannot be used to satisfy another part of the degree requirements.
Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree (A.A.-T) may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including: (a) 18 units in the major (earning a C or better in these courses); and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth requirements.
¹Or 3 units earned through any department approved internship - internships may be arranged through the CRC Co-op Work Experience program, and credit may be received by enrolling in WEXP 498, Work Experience in (Subject).
The Communication, Organizational Communication Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program and general requirements as well as sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.