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Communication Studies


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 new 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:

  • Apply the basic theories and principles of human communication to their lived experience in various contexts.
  • Demonstrate a functional proficiency in oral communication, including one-on-one conversation, small group communication, and public speaking.
  • Demonstrate a functional proficiency in written communication, especially as a mode of interpersonal communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of communication ethics, with an ability to communicate in ways that promote dialogue, and demonstrate a basic sense of rhetorical sensitivity toward a diverse audience.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of knowledge of diverse cultures as it applies to communication competence.
  • Recognize and apply multiple perspectives on communication events and situations.
  • Recognize ways that other academic disciplines provide valuable insight into the study of communication.
  • Demonstrate a refined ability to think critically, especially in regard to solving communication problems and in the consumption of various forms of media.
  • Transfer to a broad range of four-year programs in communication, with a strong foundation in communication theory and practice.

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
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra1   3 Math
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
ENGL 114 - Introduction to Speech Communication ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  

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 116 - Interpersonal Communication ENGL 101 or ENGL 114 3  

Third Semester

ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology
  3 Social Science
Directed Elective - Choose One2
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 202 - Gender Roles in Cross Cultural Perspective
BHHS 105 - Introduction to Group Dynamics
ENGL 120 - Voice and Articulation
ENGL 131 - Acting I
ENGL 132 - Acting II
ENGL 137 - Introduction to Theater
Any 200 level ENGL course
LEAD 104 - Introduction to Leadership Studies
MNGT 121 - Introduction to Business
MNGT 141 - Principles of Management
PHIL 111 - Critical Thinking
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
Humanities Elective2   3 Humanities
Literature Elective - Choose from: ENGL 190211, 212, 221, 222, 230, 232, 241, 245, 246, 250, 251, 256, 260, 265   3  

Fourth Semester

General Elective2   3  
General Elective2   3  
General Elective2   3  
Directed Elective - Choose one from list above2      
Directed Elective - Choose one from list above2      
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.

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.