Jul 12, 2024  
2023-2024 SLCC General Catalog 

Communication Studies: AS

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Associate of Science | 61 credits minimum

Program Website
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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. http://www.slcc.edu/communication/transfer.aspx

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Books: $400-$500

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

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. Students should meet with an academic advisor to discuss options.

Program Requirements

Elective Courses (15 credits)

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.

  • Apply key and foundational concepts related to interpretive, critical, and social science studies of communication.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.  
  • Apply communication skills to manage conflict and resolve problems in relationships. 
  • Create effective and logical arguments. 
  • Practice applying communication theories to improve personal communication habits. 
  • Research and reference academic communication texts.
  • Practice ethical communication in various contexts. 
  • Solve communication problems by analyzing and respecting conflicting points of view. 
  • Adapt an audience-centered approach to communication encounters.

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