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    May 30, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Communication Studies, AA

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The Communication Studies curriculum emphasizes the ability to speak and perform in front of audiences. Courses teach students the skills required for presenting a speech such as analyzing an audience, listening, and coping with fear. Students will learn how to prepare a speech by researching a topic, analyzing arguments and texts, plus organizing and outlining ideas and themes. Courses offered through the program meet transfer requirements for general education, and they may be applied toward an Associate in Arts degree with a major in Communication Studies.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Advocate a specific topic to an audience of any size.
  • Critically assess other speakers’ format, content, and delivery and articulate constructive criticism in an oral critique.
  • Articulate and dissect models of communication and apply such methods in public speaking and interpersonal settings.
  • Research and construct positions on a set topic to communicate and advocate a particular point of view.
  • Critically think about how meaning is exchanged and the implications of our messages.

Total Units Required: 18-20.5

To earn the associate degree:

See Earning an Associate Degree  for associate degree graduation requirements.

To transfer:

Courses required for the associate degree major at IVC may not be the same as those required for the major at a four-year school. If you plan to transfer, consult a counselor to identify the courses needed for the major at your transfer school and to develop a plan that will best meet your goals. View more information about transferring at Transfer to a Four-Year Institution .

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