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Communication Studies Concentration

This program is offered at Clark State's Beavercreek and Springfield locations.

The Associate of Arts with a concentration in Communication Studies program provides curricular options to prepare a student to transfer into the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. The suggested curriculum serves as a general guideline for transfer to most four-year institutions.  Some of the schools to which students may choose to transfer include Antioch University McGregor, The Ohio State University, Wittenberg University, Wright State University, Franklin University, and Urbana University.  A student should talk to a transfer advisor at the institutions he/she is considering attending after completing an Associate of Arts degree at Clark State.

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Some individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory courses will require additional quarters of study. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an associate degree with a Communication Studies concentration, a graduate will be able to meet the goals outlined for the general Associate of Arts; additionally, the student will:

  • Speak clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats
  • Work effectively in teams
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving to draw logical conclusions
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language

Scholastic Preparation
Students entering this program should have taken the college preparatory courses offered by their high schools. Students who do not test into STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I or MTH 1280 College Algebra will need to take the necessary prerequisite mathematics courses before beginning the statistics or math course. Ideally, students should also have taken a foreign language in high school. Those students who have not taken a foreign language in high school should include a full year of college-level foreign language among their electives.  Some institutions do not require foreign language for a bachelor of arts degree in Communication; check the institutions you are considering for details on foreign language requirements.  If foreign language is not required, an elective may be substituted in the suggested curriculum.  Talk to your Communication advisor at Clark State for information.

Course Course Title Credits
Fall
GEN 1100 College Readiness ** 1
ENG 1111 English I ** 3
MTH 1050 Mathematics and Today's World ** 3
-- GLG or BIO * 4
SPN 1111 Spanish I *** 3
COM 1150 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
 
Spring
ENG 1112 English II ** 3
-- GLG or BIO * 4
COM 1120 Public Speaking I ** 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology ** 3
SPN 1112 Spanish II *** 3
 
Fall
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication I ** (GA) 3
COM 1170 Small Group Communication (GA) 3
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology ** 3
ENG 2300 Great Books: World Literature 3
PHL 2100 Ethics 3
SPN 2111 Spanish III *** 3
 
Spring
COM 2220 Public Speaking II 3
COM 1130 Introduction to Mass Communication ** 3
HUM 2899 Capstone Seminar ** 3
PLS 1100 Introduction to American Politics 3
SPN 2112 Spanish IV *** 3
 
  Total Credit Hours 66

* 8 - 10 credit hours are required in science for an AA degree.  See the transfer module for courses that fall into this category; additionally, it is best to select courses which are compatible with the degree plan at the intended transfer institution.

** Online availability.

***Foreign Language requirement:  Some institutions do not require foreign language for a bachelor of arts degree in Communication; check the institutions you are considering for details on foreign language requirements.  If foreign language is not required, electives of your choice may be substituted in the suggested curriculum; talk to your Communication advisor at Clark State for assistance.