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Associate in Arts for Transfer: Communication Studies​


Communication classes provide students with skills that are essential for other classes and programs at Shasta College and beyond. The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer program teaches communication theory and competencies that are crucial for success in both personal and business relationships. Students learn analytical and critical thinking skills that are essential life skills. Good oral communication skills have been documented by research to be an important factor in the health of personal relationships, and these skills have even been linked to one's physical and psychological health. Communication courses enable students to lead richer, more satisfying and productive lives by improving their grasp of core theories and practical skills. The results are often immediate and dramatic, improving both personal and professional relationships in both large and small groups. The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree aligns with the CSU Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.


Upon successful completion of this degree, the student will be able to: 

  1. Identify the role communication plays in academic, social and professional endeavors. 
  2. Present well-designed, well-researched, well-developed and supported information and persuasive presentations. 
  3. Demonstrate the tools of advocacy for issues of justice and fairness, with integrity and civility. 
  4. Demonstrate the skills of critical thinking, recognize common fallacies of thought, demonstrate active listening, conflict management and` win-win problem solving essential for both personal relationships and team work. 
  5. Identify crucial issues affecting intercultural communication, and the adaptations necessary for successful interactions between cultures. ​


In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer Degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in this major.​

Suggested Sequences of Classes for Associate in Science in Communication Studies

Semester Offered\Method of Instruction​
Semester 1 (Fall) 
Course ​Course Name Units Fall Spring Summer
CMST 10*# Interpersonal Communication
3 units FF,O FF,O,ITV O,ITV
​CMST 30* ​Oral Interpretation 3 units​ ​FF
Semester 2 (Spring)
CMST 60*# Public Speaking
3 units FF,ITV FF,ITV FF
​CMST 20* ​Intercultural Communication ​3 units ​FF,O,ITV ​FF,O ​O
Semester 3 (Fall)
CMST 54*# Small Group Communication 3 units FF FF,ITV FF
Semester 4 (Spring)
CMST 40* Argumentation and Debate 3 units FF,O FF
​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
List A​
​CMST 10*# ​Interpersonal Communication 3 units​ ​FF,O ​FF,O,ITV ​O,ITV
​CMST 40* ​Argumentation and Debate 3 units​ ​FF,O ​FF
​CMST 54*# ​Small Group Communication 3 units​ ​FF ​FF,ITV ​FF
​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
List B
​​CMST 20* Argumentation and Debate 3 units FF,O,ITV FF,O O
​CMST 30* ​Oral Interpretation 3 units​ ​FF
​CMST 75 ​Forensics Workshop ​3 units ​NA ​NA ​NA
​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
List C
​ANTH2*# ​Cultural Anthropology 3 units​ FF,O FF,O,ITV ​FF
​JOUR 21* ​Introduction to Mass Communications 3 units​
​PSYC 1A*# ​General Psychology
3 units
​SOC 1*# ​Introduction to Sociology 3 units​ FF,O,ITV FF,O FF,O
Required for Major: 18 units
Additional General Ed Total: 37-39 units
General Electives: 8-18 units
Degree Total = 60**

Key to table abbreviations

O = Course is Offered Online 
ITV = Course is offered through Interactive Video 
FF = Course is offered Face to Face (in-person)
HYB = Hybrid

* May be used to fulfill CSU Gene​ral Education requirements.  See a counselor.
May be used to fulfill IGETC requirements. See a counselor

**Please Note: Number will vary depending on units that double count