Associate in Arts Communication Emphasis to BS

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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 (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
62–63
Catalog Year
2018-2019
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Communication (Bachelor of Science)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Describe the communication discipline and its central questions.
  • Utilize communication theories and practices to develop, maintain, and manage effective personal and professional relationships.
  • Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context.
  • Interpret meaning and influence of messages.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accomplish communicative goals through self-efficacy.
  • Apply ethical communication principles and practices.
  • Utilize communication to manage differences effectively.
  • Evaluate public discourse and advocate a course of civic action.
  • 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.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Chief Executives $166,300
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers $49,350
General and Operations Managers $81,030
Human Resources Managers $85,120
Legislators $35,340
Public Relations Specialists $53,020
Social and Community Service Managers $58,400
Training and Development Managers $86,040
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
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 Credits
15-16
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication Critical course Gateway course Meets the SB requirement 3
Elective Elective Course 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics 3–4
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
COM110 or
COM230 or
COM263
Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication or Elements of Intercultural Communication COM110 and COM230 meet the SB requirement, COM263 meets (SB, C, G) requirements 3
Elective Elective Course 3
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If testing out of CRE101, complete an elective 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 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 Credits
16
COM225 Public Speaking Meets the Literacy (L) requirement 3
COM110 or
COM230 or
COM263
Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication or Elements of Intercultural Communication COM110 and COM230 meet the SB requirement, COM263 meets (SB, C, G) requirements 3
Elective Elective Course 3
SG or SQ Natural Sciences 4
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
Meet with ASU Transfer Specialist: Transition to Transfer Institution

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
COM207 Introduction to Communication Inquiry 3
Elective Three Elective Courses 9
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
Completion of Associate in Arts, Completion of AGEC-A
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 Credits
6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication Meets the SB requirement 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
COM110 or
COM230 or
COM263
Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication or Elements of Intercultural Communication COM110 and COM230 meet the SB requirement, COM263 meets (SB, C, G) requirements 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 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 Credits
6-7
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value 3–4
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If testing out of CRE101, complete an elective 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
COM225 Public Speaking Meets the Literacy (L) requirement 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
SG or SQ Natural Sciences 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
Elective Elective Course 3
COM110 or
COM230 or
COM263
Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication or Elements of Intercultural Communication COM110 and COM230 meet the SB requirement, COM263 meets (SB, C, G) requirements 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
Elective Elective Course 3
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
Elective Elective Course 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 Credits
6
COM207 Introduction to Communication Inquiry 3
Elective Elective Course 3
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 Credits
6
Electives Two Elective Courses 6

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

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 (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.