Porterville College

Communication Studies

Associate in Arts for Transfer AA-T

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer program is designed to prepare students to continue studies toward a B.A. degree in Communication Studies or for entry level into a variety of career options that require competent and ethical communication skills. Students who pursue advanced Communication degrees enjoy a wealth of career options ranging from Public Relations Officer, Human Resources Managers, Retail Managers, Politician, Lawyers, College Professors, and numerous options in Mass Communications such as radio and television. Communication courses focus on how people use messages to generate meaning within and across various contexts, cultures, and channels.

Program Learning Outcomes: Construct and deliver a presentation with communicative competence and confidence; demonstrate the dynamics of effective communication in a variety of settings and contexts; demonstrate GELO’s for the school.

Students must satisfy both of the following requirements in order to earn the Communication Studies AA-T degree:

Students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

  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:

    a. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

    b. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a Communication Studies coursework.

  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
    Program Requirements:  
    Students must complete the following:  
    Core - 3 units  
    COMM P101 - Intro to Public Speaking 3 units
    List A - 6 units  
    COMM P102 - Interpersonal Communication 3 units
    COMM P105 - Argumentation & Debate 3 units
    List B - 6 units  
    Any course from List A not used  
    COMM P103 - Persuasion  3 units
    COMM P106 - Intercultural Communication 3 units
    COMM P170 - Oral Interpretation 3 units
    List C - 3 units  
    Any course from List A or B not used  
    PSYC P101A - General Psychology 3 units
    SOCI P101 - The Social World 3 units
    ANTH P102 - Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3 units
    Total Major Units 18 units

In addition to the above “major specific” courses, students must complete the rest of the CSU GE or IGETC pattern requirements. Course “double-dipping” is allowed to satisfy these areas with courses from the above Major lists.

Remaining units must be transfer-level electives to reach a total of 60 units.

Total Overall Units 60 units

Students are not required to complete additional campus course graduation requirements.

Effective Summer 2017

JSC Job Skills Certificate
CA Certificate of Achievement
AA Associate in Arts Degree
AS Associate in Science Degree
AA-T Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
AS-T Associate in Science for Transfer Degree


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