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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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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 1100 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 1111 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 1112 French II  
or SPN 1112 Beginning Spanish, Course II 3
  Total credit hours 60
* 8 credit hours are required in science for an AA degree.  See the Associate of Arts degree requirements 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.

All students pursuing the AA degree are required to complete at least 9 credit hours in courses numbered 2000 or higher.  These classes will typically be in the Concentration/Elective area, but may also fulfill requirements in other subject areas.

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.

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Michelle Coleman Professor, Communication