Bakersfield College

Communication Studies

Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer is intended for all students who plan to complete an AA in Communication studies. This degree is especially valuable for those students planning on completing a bachelor’s degree in Communication or a similar major at a CSU campus because the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer guarantees admission to the CSU system (but not to a particular campus or major). In order to earn the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework which includes the CSU General Education or IGETC requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated high-unit major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. No additional graduation requirements are required to complete this degree.

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer equips students with relational and presentation skills that provide a foundation for success throughout students’ educational careers, business careers and personal interactions. Students learn about verbal and nonverbal channels of communication that inform, persuade, manage, interpret, direct, or influence social interaction in diverse contexts. The degree introduces students to both established and contemporary theories of human communication pertaining to societal construction, maintenance, and perpetuation of acceptable patterns of communicative conduct. Students choosing this degree also acquire pragmatic communication skills enabling them to competently navigate social interaction within interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, and intercultural contexts. Students learn field-specific nomenclature as well as effective oral, listening, and critical thinking skills needed to successfully manage communication encounters in a variety of professional and personal environments. Students will be prepared in this lower division work for a baccalaureate degree in Communication Studies, Speech Communication, or a similar degree.

  • To Achieve the Associate in Arts for Transfer
    Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Communication Studies Associate in Arts for Transfer degree.
  • To Transfer Coursework
    A minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.
  • Program Learning Outcomes
    The successful student will be able to:
    • Construct, use, and interpret messages across multiple channels to inform, persuade, manage, negotiate, relate, and generally influence each other within and across varying cultural venues.
    • Identify and value disparate systems of social norms and values that influence the human communicative process.
    • Understand the various theoretical and pragmatic skills that enable them to navigate social interaction within multiple interpersonal, small group, public, and intercultural contexts.
    • Become familiar with both field-specific nomenclature as well as effective oral, listening, and critical thinking skills.

Required Subtotal: 18.0
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39.0
Transfer Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)

Degree Total: 60.0


Required Core Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
COMM B1* Public Speaking 3.0

Group A (any two of the following courses)

Course Number Course Title Units
COMM B2* Interpersonal Communication 3.0
COMM B5* Rhetoric and Argumentation 3.0
COMM B8* Small Group Communication 3.0

Group B (any two of the following or any Group A course not used)

Course Number Course Title Units
COMM B4* Persuasive Communication 3.0
COMM B6* Intercultural Communication 3.0
COMM B7* Organizational Communication 3.0
COMM B21 Oral Interpretation 3.0

Group C (any one of the following or any Group A or B course not used)

Course Number Course Title Units
COMM B9 Health Communication 3.0
COMM B10 Communication and Leadership 3.0
ENGL B2 Advanced Composition and Critical 4.0
JRNL B1 Media and Society 3.0
JRNL B2 Beginning Reporting Thinking 3.0
PSYC B1A General Psychology 3.0
SOCI B1 Introduction to Sociology 3.0

(* Courses with an asterisk can be double counted for General Education)

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.


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