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  Nov 17, 2017
 
Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog

Communication Studies AA


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The AA in communication studies provides students with an academic core basic to a liberal arts education and facilitates ease of transfer to communication programs at four-year institutions. The degree provides analytical and critical thinking skills that render recipients to be effective members of their communities, both professionally and personally. A strength of the communication degree is that it allows students to target their studies toward areas of interest within the field. Areas such as public relations, rhetoric, political communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, mass media, and others are popular at four-year colleges and universities.

Students are encouraged to seek assistance from speech communication faculty in making course selections to suit their academic and career goals. Completion of the curriculum requirements will lead to the award of the AA.

General Education Course Selections


Click here to view the Foundation/Distribution Courses  for selection to fulfill the General Education Course Requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence


A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Advising Worksheet and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
  • Natural sciences distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)
  • Communication elective 3 semester hours
  • World language or general education institutional requirement (ARTD, HUMD, or HLTH) 3 semester hours (GEIR)

Third Semester


  • COMM 250 - Introduction to Communication Inquiry and Theory 3 semester hours
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution  3 semester hours (BSSD) ** 
  • Communication elective  3 semester hours  ‡
  • Communication elective  3 semester hours  ‡
  • World language or elective  3 semester hours

Fourth Semester


  • LING 200 - Introduction to Linguistics 3 semester hours
  • Natural sciences distribution  3 semester hours  (NSND)
  • Communication elective 3 semester hours
  • World language or elective 3 semester hours
  • Elective 2 semester hours

Total Credit Hours: 60


* ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A  , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or elective.

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

‡  Choice of 4 from the following Communication electives: COMM 109  ,  COMM 121  , COMM 204  , COMM 220 , COMM 251  , COMM 252  or TVRA 105 . Three courses must be at the 200 level.

†   Some institutions, including the University of Maryland College Park, require completion of a World Language to the Intermediate II (202 or 203) level for communication studies majors. Check degree requirements at transfer destination when choosing humanities and elective courses.

Program Outline / Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements


Foundation Courses


Distribution Courses


  • Arts distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD)
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
  • Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)
  • Natural science distribution 3 semester hours (NSND)
  • Natural science distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)

General Education Elective


Program Requirements


Total Credit Hours: 60


* ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A  , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or elective.

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

‡  Choice of 4 from the following Communication electives: COMM 109  ,  COMM 121  , COMM 204  , COMM 220 , COMM 251  , COMM 252  or TVRA 105 . Three courses must be at the 200 level.

†   Some institutions, including the University of Maryland College Park, require completion of a World Language to the Intermediate II (202 or 203) level for communication studies majors. Check degree requirements at transfer destination when choosing humanities and elective courses.

Program Outcomes


Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Research, analyze, organize, and deliver oral and written presentations appropriate for diverse audiences, purposes and occasions.
  • Solve problems and work effectively in groups and teams.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of communication theory, research and application.
  • Employ communication skills to be an effective group member or leader.
  • Analyze cultural similarities and differences as they affect and are affected by the process of communication.
  • Identify and articulate ethical perspective within and across various contexts and cultures.

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