Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog 
    
    Jun 22, 2024  
Montgomery College 2024-2025 Catalog

Communication Studies AA: 609


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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 Communication Studies 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. This program can be completed either on campus or online.

General Education Course Selections


Click here to view the Foundation/Distribution Courses  for selection to fulfill the General Education course requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence


Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


Fourth Semester


  • Natural Sciences Distribution 3 semester hours (NSND)
  • World Language or Elective 3 semester hours 
  • Elective 5 semester hours
  • Program Elective 3 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 four from the following program electives: COMM 121 , COMM 204 , COMM 220 , COMM 225 COMM 230 COMM 251 , COMM 252 , LING 200 . Two courses must be at the 200 level.

† World Language or Elective: Some transfer schools, including UMCP, have a Global Engagement/World Language requirement that may be fulfilled in ways other than taking language courses at MC.  Review the policy and discuss with UMCP Communication advisor: www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/globalengagement.

AA and AS programs require one global and cultural perspectives (GCP) General Education course.

This program can be completed either on campus or online.

Program Outline / Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements


Foundation Courses


Distribution Courses


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 four from the following program electives: COMM 121 , COMM 204 , COMM 220 , COMM 225 COMM 230 COMM 251 , COMM 252 , LING 200 . Two courses must be at the 200 level.

† World Language or Elective: Some transfer schools, including UMCP, have a Global Engagement/World Language requirement that may be fulfilled in ways other than taking language courses at MC. Review the policy and discuss with UMCP Communication advisor: www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/globalengagement.

AA and AS programs require one global and cultural perspectives (GCP) General Education course.

This program can be completed either on campus or online.

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 an understanding of communication theory, research and application.
  • Use communication skills to be an effective group member or leader.
  • Analyze cultural similarities and differences as they affect, and are in turn affected by the process of communication.
  • Identify and articulate an ethical perspective within and across various contexts and cultures.

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