Associate in Arts, Communication Communication Emphasis

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

Communication is what allows us to connect with one another, develop interpersonal relationships, and be part of a social community. Learning to communicate well is essential to personal and professional success. Every discipline from journalism and speech writing to business, medicine, and graphic design requires strong communication skills. 

MCC’s courses in communication will help you learn to effectively convey your ideas, make persuasive arguments, and foster relationships through collaborative learning and the use of interactive technology. Get started on this dynamic pathway today.

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

Transfer Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Communication Emphasis program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University - West Campus Bachelor of Science Communication
Arizona State University - Tempe Campus Bachelor of Science Communication
Arizona State University - West Campus Bachelor of Arts Communication
Arizona State University - Tempe Campus Bachelor of Arts Communication
Arizona State University - Polytechnic Campus Bachelor of Arts Communication
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Arts Communication
University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts Communication

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

Studying communication opens up a wide range of career possibilities in media, business, politics, and beyond. After all, effective communication is essential to every discipline. With an education in communication, you can choose to put your skills to use in any number of careers.

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 Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

$51,981

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$58,120

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

$92,372

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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 completion of 100-200 course and/or program requirements.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD 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 area 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.

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 area 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.

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 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

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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.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Communication Emphasis program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019