Communications (Speech)

A.A. Degree, Transfer
An option of Arts & Sciences A.A.

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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Courses Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
EN 102–English Composition & Literature 3
EN 212–Journalism I 3
English Elective (EN 201, 202, 203, 204, 205 or 206) 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PS 202–Social Psychology 3
History (HI) Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
HS 102–Human Relations ‡ 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Political Science) ‡ 3
Arts & Humanities  
DR 101–Introduction to Theater 3
DR 214–Readers’ Theater 3
PH 101–Introduction to Philosophy 3
CMM 101–Introduction of Electronic Media  3
CMSP 103–Speech Fundamentals  3
CMSP 105 –Group Discussion ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list) 4
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
Choose from 2 categories:  
Computer Literacy Elective (GenEd course list)  
Interdisciplinary Issues Elective (GenEd course list) ‡  
Multicultural Issues & Perspectives Elective (GenEd course list) ‡  
Wellness Elective (GenEd course list) 6
PE/Health Elective (A Wellness course will satisfy this requirement) 1/3
Other Requirements  
Elective ‡ (Business) 3
Total 61/66

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. HS 102 fulfills this requirement.
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.