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Associate of Arts General Transfer - Communication Pathway

Associate of Arts General Transfer - Communication Pathway

This program is available at the Beavercreek and Springfield - Leffel Lane locations.

The Communication Pathway of the Associate of Arts emphasizes transfer preparation to pursue a bachelor's degree in communication.  But many doors will open with this two-year degree, including customer service, sales, and management positions.   

With a degree in Communication, students can pursue multiple areas of interest:

  • Find inspiration by working with others to advocate for passion projects.
  • Manage conflict in an organization.
  • Get messages out to the community with public relations.
  • Persuade others to think differently through activism.
  • Become a radio DJ, a news anchor or a journalist.
  • Market or sell products.
  • Counsel people in their time of need.
  • Take ideas to the big screen through film making.

An Associate of Arts degree in Communication provides the foundational knowledge and skills in general education that are often required to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.  Courses in this pathway focus on communication including public speaking, interpersonal communication, small group communication and mass communication.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students for seamless transfer into a Bachelor of Arts program, particularly at state institutions in Ohio. 

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Embedded Certificates

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will automatically be awarded if the certificate requirements are met unless students contact Records and Registration and indicate they do not wish to have the certificate credential awarded.

Outcomes and Curriculum

Upon completion of an Associate of Arts degree in Communication, a graduate will be able to:

  • Write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Speak clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving to draw logical conclusions.
  • Use numerical data to solve problems, explain phenomena and make predictions.
  • Successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.
Course Title Credits
FYE 1101 College Success 1
ENG 1111 English I 3
COM 1150 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
MTH 1070 Quantitative Reasoning 3
-- Biology/Geology* 4
ENG 1112 English II 3
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
-- Art/History/Theatre** 3
-- Biology/Geology* 4
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication I 3
COM 1170 Small Group Communication 3
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
ENG 2300 Great Books: World Literature 3
ASL 1111 Beginning American Sign Language, Course I  
or FRN 1100 Beginning French I  
or SPN 1111 Beginning Spanish, Course I 3
COM 1130 Introduction to Mass Communication  
or COM 2240 Organizational Communication  
or COM 2700 Communication Internship 3
PHL 2000 Critical Thinking 3
PHL 2100 Ethics 3
PLS 1100 Introduction to American Politics 3
ASL 1112 Beginning American Sign Language, Course II  
or FRN 1200 Beginning French II  
or SPN 1112 Beginning Spanish, Course II 3
  Total credit hours 60
* Choose Ohio Transfer 36 natural science course best suited for the degree plan at the intended transfer institution.

** Choose Ohio Transfer 36 Art, History or Theatre course best suited for the degree plan at the intended transfer institution.

All students pursuing the Associate of Arts degree are required to complete at least nine credit hours in courses numbered 2000 or higher.  These classes are taken as a part of the requirements within the concentration or elective area.

In recognition of the growing importance of global awareness, the Associate of Arts degree requires students to take at least four courses with significant international content.  Courses meeting this requirement are identified in the College catalog and are fulfilled as a part of the requirements within the concentration or elective area.

Academic Preparation

Students entering this program should have taken the college preparatory courses offered by their high schools. Students who do not test into MTH 1070 Quantitative Reasoning will need to take the necessary prerequisite mathematics courses before beginning the required math course. Talk to your Communication advisor at Clark State for specific information regarding this degree program.

Transfer Information

Students seeking a transfer degree should plan the details of their program of study at Clark State according to the requirements of the transfer institution. Transfer institutions make the determination in acceptance of credit. The student should consult their academic advisor and the intended transfer institution when planning a schedule of classes.

Pathway options for transferability to other state institutions is available at

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Michelle Coleman Professor, Communication