A.A. Degree, Transfer
An option of Arts & Sciences
Catalog year 2015/2016

Designed for students interested in all fields stressing human interaction. In addition to communications courses, a broad range of social science and humanities courses are recommended. The option is designed to prepare the student to transfer to a four-year institution.


Kathy Brooks, Ph.D.
Program Manager

Karen Santelli
Academic Office Manager

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  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://www.acaff.usmh.usmd.edu/artweb/index.html

Course Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences 
Two courses selected from different disciplines (GenEd course list) 6
Arts & Humanities
Three GenEd courses, one selected from each area: Arts, Humanities, and Communications 9
Biological & Physical Sciences
Two courses, one of which must be a lab science (GenEd course list) 7/8
General Education Elective (Select from GenEd course list) 3
PE/Health Requirement 1
Departmental Requirements
CMSP 101–Introduction to Communication Studies 3
CMSP 103–Speech Fundamentals  3
CMSP 105–Small Group Communication (satisfies cultural competence requirement)  3
CMSP 201–Foundations of Communication Theory 3
Electives 16
Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS)
before selecting their electives. Depending on the transfer institution,
recommended electives may include: CMSP107, electives in the Social Sciences,
Digital Media, English or World Language disciplines.

Total 60
Students will be able to:
  1. Modify verbal and nonverbal communication appropriately given the purpose and the context of the communication.
  2. Plan, prepare, and deliver a well-organized, logical oral presentation that demonstrates critical thinking skills.
  3. Use appropriate presentation techniques (e.g. maintain eye contact, modulate voice, avoid distracting mannerisms, etc.)
  4. Employ appropriate discussion, negotiation, conflict resolution, and cooperation skills to work with people from a variety of experiences and backgrounds in the community and the workplace.
  5. Apply relevant criteria and standards when evaluating information, claims and arguments.
  6. Use appropriate reasoning to evaluate problems, make decisions, and formulate solutions.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate methods of integrating and documenting outside sources.
  8. Demonstrate effective listening behaviors in both interpersonal and group situations.
The Career & Transfer Center has a variety of print and electronic resources available to help with transfer planning. ARTSYS, a computerized articulation system created especially to help community college students transfer to Maryland four-year institutions is available, as well as College Source and College Board. College Source also allows students to view college catalogs from across the nation.