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Communication Studies Degree

Los Rios Colleges Online offers you the opportunity to get a 100% online associate degree in Communication Studies.

The Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Communication Studies provides students with a major that fulfills the requirements for transfer to a California State University. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system.

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Application Deadline
Start Term Application Deadline
Spring 2022 Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Fall 2022 Monday, August 1, 2022

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for entry into the 100% online Communication Studies program, students must:

  1. Commit to taking specific courses and sections identified in the degree requirements
  2. Live in California

Course Map

The Communication Studies degree is a 60-unit program designed to be completed by full-time and part-time students. In addition to the degree requirements, students will take courses from the California State University General Education or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) areas.

Cohort A: Fall Start

Semester 1 – Fall (With English Support)

Course Code Course Title Session Units
HCD 310 College Success Full Term 3
ENGWR 300 College Composition Full Term 3
ENGWR 33 Support for College Composition Full Term 2
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication First 8 Weeks 3
GEOG 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking Second 8 Weeks 3

Semester 1 – Fall (Without English Support)

Course Code Course Title Session Units
HCD 310 College Success Full Term 3
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication First 8 Weeks 3
GEOG 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking Second 8 Weeks 3
ENGWR 300 College Composition Second 8 Weeks 3

Semester 2 – Spring (With Math Support)

Course Code Course Title Session Units
MATH 300 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas Full Term 3
MATHS 95 Support for Introduction to Mathematical Ideas Full Term 2
COMM 351 Mass Media and Society First 8 Weeks 3
ETHNS 300 Introduction to Ethnic Studies First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 321 Interpersonal Communication Second 8 Weeks 3
HIST 331 Women in American History Second 8 Weeks 3

Semester 2 – Spring (Without Math Support)

Course Code Course Title Session Units
MATH 300 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 351 Mass Media and Society First 8 Weeks 3
ETHNS 300 Introduction to Ethnic Studies First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 321 Interpersonal Communication Second 8 Weeks 3
HIST 311 History of the United States (1865 - Present) Second 8 Weeks 3

Semester 3 – Fall

Course Code Course Title Session Units
ANTH 300 Biological Anthropology Full Term 1
ANTH 301 Biological Anthropology Laboratory Full Term 3
COMM 305 Oral Interpretation First 8 Weeks 3
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology First 8 Weeks 3
HUM 300 Classical Humanities Second 8 Weeks 3
TAFILM 300 Introduction to Film Second 8 Weeks 3

Semester 4 – Spring

Course Code Course Title Session Units
COMM 311 Argumentation and Debate Full Term 3
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 341 Organizational Communication First 8 Weeks 3
NUTR 300 Nutrition Second 8 Weeks 3
PSYCH 300 General Principles Second 8 Weeks 3

Cohort B: Spring Start

Semester 1 – Spring (With Math Support)

Course Code Course Title Session Units
MATH 300 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas Full Term 3
MATHS 95 Support for Introduction to Mathematical Ideas Full Term 2
COMM 351 Mass Media and Society First 8 Weeks 3
ETHNS 300 Introduction to Ethnic Studies First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 321 Interpersonal Communication Second 8 Weeks 3
HIST 311 History of the United States (1865 - Present) Second 8 Weeks 3

Semester 1 – Spring (Without Math Support)

Course Code Course Title Session Units
MATH 300 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 351 Mass Media and Society First 8 Weeks 3
ETHNS 300 Introduction to Ethnic Studies First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 321 Interpersonal Communication Second 8 Weeks 3
HIST 331 Women in American History Second 8 Weeks 3

Semester 2 – Fall (With English Support)

Course Code Course Title Session Units
HCD 310 College Success Full Term 3
ENGWR 300 College Composition Full Term 3
ENGWR 33 Support for College Composition Full Term 2
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication First 8 Weeks 3
GEOG 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking Second 8 Weeks 3

Semester 2 – Fall (Without English Support)

Course Code Course Title Session Units
HCD 310 College Success Full Term 3
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication First 8 Weeks 3
GEOG 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking Second 8 Weeks 3
ENGWR 300 College Composition Second 8 Weeks 3

Semester 3 – Spring

Course Code Course Title Session Units
COMM 311 Argumentation and Debate Full Term 3
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States First 8 Weeks 3
COMM 341 Organizational Communication First 8 Weeks 3
NUTR 300 Nutrition Second 8 Weeks 3
PSYCH 300 General Principles Second 8 Weeks 3

Semester 4 – Fall

Course Code Course Title Session Units
ANTH 300 Biological Anthropology Full Term 1
ANTH 301 Biological Anthropology Laboratory Full Term 3
COMM 305 Oral Interpretation First 8 Weeks 3
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology First 8 Weeks 3
HUM 300 Classical Humanities Second 8 Weeks 3
TAFILM 300 Introduction to Film Second 8 Weeks 3

Transfer Requirements

To transfer, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 transferable units to include a minimum of 37 units from the GE breadth requirements
  2. Completion of Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 with a grade of "C" or better
  3. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all transferable coursework and all courses used to fulfill general education requirements

Career Options

Students who obtain a degree in Communication Studies have a wide range of career options. They can work in public information, human resources development, corporate training, motivational speaking, political speech-writing, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, teaching, organizational administration, negotiation and mediation services, personnel management, customer service, corporate imaging, campaign management, marketing, and community relations.

Data source for five-year growth and median annual salary: Emsi, 2021. Median salary includes base earnings, commissions, incentive pay, and bonuses.
Career Five-Year Growth Median Annual Salary
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 16% $126,317.98
Training and Development Specialists 19% $70,790.50
News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists 16% $50,691.16
Public Relations Specialists 16% $66,042.16
Editors 13% $65,432.26
Technical Writers 19% $89,969.04