Dec 08, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Communication Studies: AS

Associate of Science | 61 credits minimum

Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Description
The Communication Studies program at SLCC is designed to help students develop a broad range of communication skills and an understanding of how communication affects individuals, organizations and societies. This major is designed to increase communication competence, understand and explain communication messages, and improve ability to analyze communication related challenges and come up with effective solutions.

An Associate of Science degree may be obtained while pursuing coursework in Communication. Elective hours may be selected from department approved lists to emphasize the student’s interest area within communication. Communication courses range from basic introductory courses to specialized courses.

Career Opportunities
Administrative Aid/Consultant, Business Manager, Community Affairs Specialist, Communication Analysis, Community Relations Specialist, Communication Researcher, Corporate Trainer, Crisis Manager, Development (fund-raising), Diversity Consultant, Issues Advocate, Events Planner, Negotiation Director, Lobbyist, Political Analysis, Publicist, Speech Writer/Coach, etc.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for special articulation information. For additional information about our transfer and articulation agreements, please visit the Communication Department website.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Course Fees: $100

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Quantitative Literacy (QL): MATH 1030 or 

MATH 1040

Note: Courses that meet General Education requirements may be used to meet program requirements. If this option is chosen, students must complete additional elective courses to meet the total credit hour requirement. Please meet with an academic advisor to discuss options.

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

  • Communication Studies AS: Full-time  
  • Time to completion is 4 semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Acquire substantive knowledge in Communication. [1]
  • Be prepared for further study in Communication or in a related discipline at a four-year college or university. [1,7]
  • Understand key concepts related to interpretive and social science studies of communication. [1]
  • Demonstrate effective communication in reading, writing, speaking and listening. [2,7]
  • Demonstrate ability to comprehend and interpret communication texts. [2,4,7]
  • Write effectively to business, academic and community audiences. [1,2,4,5,6,7]
  • Demonstrate effective public speaking skills. [1,2,4,5,7]
  • Apply and evaluate the principles that influence group dynamics, utilizing small group theory. [1,2,4,5,7]
  • Apply group problem solving processes. [1,2,4,5,6,7]
  • Improve listening skills in the workplace, community and personal lives. [1,2,4,6,7]
  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of argumentation, conflict resolution, interpersonal, small group, mass, and organizational communication. [1,2,4,7]
  • Recognize basic logical fallacies. [1,4,7]
  • Monitor their own communication habits. [1,2,4]
  • Use sound reasoning. [1,4,7]
  • Incorporate authoritative references. [1,4,5,8]
  • Recognize ethical considerations inherently involved in communication situations. [1,4,7]
  • Critique and analyze contemporary contexts applying communication theory and concepts. [1,2,4,5]
  • Develop cultural sensitivity as a foundation for effective communication with people of diverse backgrounds. [1,2,6,7]
  • Develop an awareness of civil rights and responsibilities for communicators in a democracy. [1,6,7]
  • Articulate effectively, both orally and in writing. [2,7]
  • Engage in informed dialogue examining conflicting points of view. [1,2,4,5,6,7]
  • Respect others’ points of view. [6,7]
  • Develop an awareness of the role and skills required of communicators as leaders in the workplace and the community. [4,6,7]