Sep 22, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the Communication Department website.

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If you are a person with multiple interests and diverse talents then Communication may be the major for you! The program of study provides rhetorical and social scientific theory, tools and techniques for analyzing, managing and improving communication in every arena of professional and personal interaction. Topics within the discipline may include public speaking, interpersonal and group communication, intercultural and organizational communication. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree with designation in Communication includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year college/university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Communication. With a degree in Communication, you have employment opportunity in a variety of fields including: public relations, political science, advertising, social services, journalism, education, film production and criticism, radio/television, event planning, sales, grant or technical writing, customer service, corporate communication, employee training, personal management, entertainment, social media, education and foreign relations.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Communication program, students should be able to:

  • Develop a central message using the content and supporting materials
  • Incorporate language that is appropriate to the audience
  • Demonstrate performance skills to share content with a particular audience for a specific occasion and purpose
  • Implement an organization pattern that results in a cohesive presentation
  • Employ language that enhances the presentation
  • Make reference to and connect information through analysis that supports the presentation while establishing the presenter’s credibility/authority on the topic
  • Incorporate a variety of types of supporting material
  • Manage visual aids with appropriate technology

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three(3) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours.

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours.

Additional Required Courses

Eighteen (18) credit hours.

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-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.


Eleven (11) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list can be found at Approved Electives Course List of AA Degrees and Course of Study .

Please note: Additional COM courses beyond the 4 courses (12 credit hours) identified above in the Additional Required Courses section may not count toward the Communication major at the receiving four-year institution.

Total Credit Hours: 60

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