Communication Studies AA-T

Communication Studies for Transfer

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Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T in Communication Studies) is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU institution for students who plan to transfer and complete a CSU major or baccalaureate degree in Communication Studies.

California Community College students who are awarded an Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T in Communication Studies) are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU institution or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major.

This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or institutions. The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T in Communication Studies) consists of lower division courses that provide fundamental skills for success in both personal and professional development.

Students gain self-awareness and the ability to build bridges to diverse audiences. The broad-based transfer curriculum includes interpersonal, intercultural, and group communication as well as public communication, argumentation and debate, and speech team activities.

The program is highly valued in both academic institutions and professional organizations.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify, explain, and apply theories about the communication process as they relate to a variety of audiences and contexts.
  • Students will create and implement effective communication strategies to orally deliver a message appropriate to the context.
  • Students will identify, analyze, and evaluate their own verbal and nonverbal messages as well as those of others in a variety of contexts.
  • Students will research, analyze, and critically evaluate reference material to support the development of communication competence.

What is an AA-T?

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for student who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.  Students completing these transfer degrees:

  • will earn an Associate's Degree from Mission College;
  • are guaranteed admission to a similar major at a campus in the CSU system;
  • will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU;
  • and will not have to complete more than 60 units after transfer.

A complete and up-to-date listing of the similar CSU majors can be found at

Meet the Following Requirements
  1. Completion of the following major courses with grades of C or P or better.
  2. Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  3. Certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE-B) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completing courses that satisfy CSU’s U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer is highly recommended.
  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portal to view requirements based your catalog year.

Required Core Courses

Choose one from the following courses.

Code Class Units
COM 001 Public Speaking (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
COM 001H Public Speaking - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

List A/B - Select all Four (4) Courses
Code Class Units
COM 004 Small Group Communication (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
COM 008 Interpersonal Communication (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
COM 020 Argumentation and Debate (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
COM 012 Introduction to Intercultural Communication (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

List C - Select One (1) Course from the Following
Code Class Units
ANT 003 Cultural Anthropology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ENG 001B English Composition and Literature (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ENG 001C Clear Thinking in Writing (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
PSY 001 General Psychology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
PSY 001H General Psychology - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
SOC 001 Introduction to Sociology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
SOC 001H Introduction to Sociology - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
Required Units for the Major
Required Units for the Major 18.0
GE and electives as needed to reach 60 units.  
Total required units 60.0

Communication Degree Careers
Career Outlook
Skills Needed
  • Public speaking
  • Problem solving
  • Decision-making skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Presentation
  • Ability to think on your feet
  • Writing and editing
  • People skills
  • Creativity
Select Jobs in the Field
  • Broadcasting
  • Consumer affairs
  • Public relations, marketing and journalism
  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Government, politics & law
  • Human resources
  • Negotiations
  • Customer Services
  • Recreation
  • Management & Recruiting
  • Community/ international affairs