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Communication

Get your Associate of Arts transfer degree in Communication and build a foundation of skills that will help you succeed in any career.

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Communication skills, both oral and written, are one of the most important and in-demand skillsets in any workplace. Getting your Communication AA from ACC can help you build and strengthen your abilities and set you apart, as well as giving you options. Our courses are offered at our 3 locations (Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock) and online. Plus, after you graduate, you’ll be ready for whatever path is right for you: starting your career or transferring and continuing your education.

Terri Scrima
Faculty and Program Chair
Communication
terri.scrima [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

Your AA in Communication will give you chance to hone your communication skills, like public speaking, conflict resolution, ethics, and more. You’ll learn how to:

  • Apply verbal and non-verbal communication principles
  • Influence public conversation and advocate a course of action
  • Critically analyze messages and engage in active listening
  • Utilize communication to embrace difference with respect to culture and gender

CIP 240101 (COMD)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (31 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways -approved CO3 course (GTCO3)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1),
  • prefer MAT 120 : Mathematics for the Liberal Arts.
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (GT-H1)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Science course (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2). One of these courses must have the required Laboratory (GT-SC1)
Additional Required Courses (18 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

  • GT - Choose two GT Pathways courses (6 credits) from either: History (GT-HI1) OR Social & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3)
Electives (11 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
  • Any Guaranteed Transfer course.
Any course in the following prefixes
  • Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics, Independent Study, Capstone, and Internships:
    ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.
Please Note:

Any additional COM courses beyond the 4 courses identified above in the Additional Required Courses section may not count toward the Communication major at the receiving 4-year institution.

Total: 60 credit hours

All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Job Potential

Build your resume and your career skills through our communication courses. We have designed them to give you experience that will help you in almost any field. You'll get the chance to participate in: 

  • Service Learning designated courses where you'll work with the community and complete a volunteer project
  • Speech competitions to showcase your talent and possibly become a finalist at regionals

While your AA in Communication can offer you flexibility in your choice of fields for your career, some directly related choices include:

New Fall 2019

Starting in the Fall of 2019 semester, all COM 115-Public Speaking classes will use an online and free textbook to all students. You'll save about $65-$85 through our Open Education Resource policy.