Feb 04, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Communication Studies: AS

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Associate of Science | 63 credits minimum

Division of Communication and Performing Arts
South City Campus
SCM 1-159
General Information (801) 957-3099
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor Cindy Clark, SSC 1.061ME (801) 957-3361
Academic Advisor Gordon Storrs, SCC 1.061MD (801) 957-3361

Program Faculty
Associate Professors - Julie Gay, Roger Johnson, Shirene McKay, Tamra Phillips
Assistant Professors - Jodie Jones, Matt Merkel, Sarah Billington, Ashley Givens, Alison Arndt-Wilde

Program Description
An Associate of Science degree may be obtained while pursuing coursework in Communication. The AS requires a minimum of 63 semester credit hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better (2.6 or better is required for students transferring to the University of Utah). Elective hours may be selected from department-approved lists to emphasize the student’s interest area within communication. Communication courses range from basic introductory course to specialized courses in Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, Mass Communication, Critical Thinking & Argumentation, Conflict Management, Teamwork, Problem-solving & Leadership, and Public Relations. 

Career Opportunities
Administrative Aide/Consultant, Business Manager, Community Affairs Specialist, Communication Analyst, Community Relations Specialist, Communication Researcher, Corporate Trainer, Crisis Manager, Development (fund raising), Diversity Consultant, Issues Advocate, Events Planner, Negotiation Director, Lobbyist, Political Analyst, 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 specific articulation information. See SPECIAL ADVISING NOTE (below).

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Students completing the AS degree in Communication coursework in Communication Studies shall:

  • Acquire substantive knowledge in Communication.
  • Be prepared for further study in Communication or in a related discipline at a four-year college or university.
  • Understand key concepts related to interpretive and social science studies of communication.
  • Demonstrate effective communication in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Demonstrate ability to comprehend and interpret communication texts.
  • Write effectively to business, academic and community audiences.
  • Develop effective public speaking skills.
  • Improve listening skills in the workplace, community, and personal lives.
  • Demonstrated a foundational understanding of argumentation, conflict resolution, interpersonal, small group, mass and organizational communication.
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Students completing the AS degree in Communication Studies will demonstrate the ability to think critically:

  • Recognize basic logical fallacies.
  • Monitor their own communication habits.
  • Use sound reasoning.
  • Incorporate authoritative references.
  • Recognize ethical considerations inherently involved in communication situations.
  • Critique and analyze contemporary contexts applying Communication Theory and concepts.
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Students completing the AS degree in Communication Studies with the will demonstrate the ability to be civically engaged:

  • Develop cultural sensitivity as a foundation for effective communication with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Develop an awareness of civil rights and responsibilities for communicators in a democracy.
  • Articulate effectively, both orally and in writing.
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General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits from One of the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits


  • Any second course from one of the Distribution Areas


NOTE: COMM 1020  is recommended for the Student Choice (IN or Depth) Distribution requirement.

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3
Social Science (SS)   3
Physical Science (PS)   3

NOTE: COMM 2050  is recommended for the Humanities (HU)  Distribution requirement.


Select 8 credits from the Communication Department Electives or from any college course numbered 1000 level or above.

Advising Notes:

Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 1010  and COMM 1020  during their first semester.

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. The semesters in which courses are taught are listed above. Students should check the current class schedule for availability of courses at all sites for day/evening availability and for modification caused by varying enrollments.

SPECIAL ADVISING NOTE for students interested in majoring in Communication at the University of Utah or Weber State University:

  • You are strongly encouraged to get your COMM degree at SLCC before transferring.
  • A degree in COMM from SLCC benefits you financially as well as provides a solid curricular foundation.

University of Utah:

  • 4 SLCC COMM courses may be transferred to your U of U COMM degree; check for GPA guidelines.
  • You may take the one-credit U of U course, COMM 3060 Transfer Interest Group (TIG), during Spring semester at the South City campus, for reduced tuition while still a student at SLCC.
  • The TIG course will familiarize you with the U of U’s Communication program, instructors, staff, and facilities.
  • Complete the TIG course and you will receive higher priority for U of U enrollment.
  • Complete the TIG course and you can declare your U of U Communication major upon admission, one semester earlier than other transfer students.
  • SLCC students are strongly encouraged to take the TIG course, but it is not required to transfer. Students can still complete 9 credit hours at the U of U (including at least one U of U Communication course with a C or better), earn a 2.75 U of U GPA, and declare the Communication major.

Weber State University:

The WSU Department of Communication agrees to substitute certain required courses for transfer students from SLCC that have completed a course at SLCC approved by the WSU Department of Communication Chair and curriculum committee with a grade of “C” or better.  For a detailed list of approved substitution courses, click here .

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