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Communication Studies

Description:

The Communication Studies program leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. The program gives students a concentration in the field of communication studies with a liberal arts foundation. The program is primarily intended for students seeking transfer to a four-year institution, although some graduates may plan on immediately entering the work force as communications professionals.

Surveys of employers conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the federal report, 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs, both stress the importance of interpersonal and professional communication competence as critical to success in virtually all fields.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking and communication competence by recognizing multiple choices in a given communication situation and making choices that lead to achieving specific goals.
  • Apply the basic theories and principles of communication to one’s lived experience in various contexts.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal communication, small group communication, public speaking, and public communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical communication, with an ability to communicate in ways that promote dialogue within a context of diversity.

Program Entry Requirements:

The program is open to interested students. New students are normally required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must complete satisfactorily the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program Of Study and Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 61 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) are required for graduation.

Communication Studies Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
ENGL 116 - Interpersonal Communication ENGL 101 or ENGL 114 3  
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra1   3 Math
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology
  3 Social Science

Second Semester

ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102 and Info Lit
Science Elective-Lab   4 Natural Science
ENGL 107 - Society and Mass Communications ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  

Third Semester

ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  
General Elective2   3  

Directed Elective - Choose One2

Social Science:

  • ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 202 - Gender Roles in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 110 - Descriptive Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 221 - Social Psychology
  • SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 212 - Sociology of Marriage and Family
  • SOC 231 - Social Problems
  • SOC 233 - The Sociology of Ethnic and Minority Group Relations
  • WS 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies

Communication/Theater/Mass Media/English:

Management and Leadership:

For ANTH 202: ENGL 101 and ANTH 101 or ANTH 112 or SOC 101

For PSYC 202: PSYC 101

For PSYC 215: PSYC 101 or BIOL 109.

For SOC 212, 231, and 233: SOC 101 or ANTH 112

For ENGL 114: ENGL 101

For ENGL 124: ENGL: 107, must be taken prior, and PHOT 151, which may be taken concurrently

For ENGL 132: ENGL 131 or permission of the department head

For MGNT 141: MNGT 121

   
Humanities Elective2   3 Humanities

Literature Elective (choose one): 

ENGL 190 - Introduction to Literature
ENGL 211 - Survey of British Literature: From Beginnings to 1750
ENGL 212 - Survey of British Literature: From 1750 to the Modern Era
ENGL 221- Survey of American Literature: From the Beginnings to the Civil War or
ENGL 222- Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Present or
ENGL 232 - Introduction to Dram
ENGL 241 - Introduction to Shakespeare
ENGL 245- World Literature: From Antiquity to 1500 or
ENGL 246- World Literature: From 1500 to the Present or
ENGL 250- African-American Literature I or
ENGL 251- African-American Literature II or
ENGL 260- Women in Literature
ENGL 265 - Science Fiction
ENGL 297H - Literature in the Context of Intellectual History: Ancient and Medieval (Honors)
ENGL 298H - Literature in the Context of Intellectual History: Modern (Honors)
ENGL 299 - Special Topics in Literature

  3  

Fourth Semester

ENGL 214 - Communication Theory

ENGL 115 with a “C” grade or higher and ENGL 107 or ENGL 116 with a “C” grade or higher

3  
General Elective2   3  
General Elective2   3  
Directed Elective - Choose one from list above2   3  
Directed Elective - Choose one from list above2   3  
Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 61

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies, and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one requirement. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

1For appropriate transfer credit, math courses should be chosen in consultation with an advisor.

2General electives and directed electives should be chosen in consultation with an advisor based on student's academic and career goals, as well as specific requirements of transfer institutions. Students planning to transfer should strongly consider taking a Math class above FNMT 118 as a general elective.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.