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Communications - Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.A.)

Title of Major: Arts and Sciences - Communications, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.


Total Credit Hours: 60 


Purpose: Anne Arundel Community College’s (AACC) Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree with a concentration in Communication is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in speech communication, human communication, or mass communication. 

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 31-36 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Computer Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies or Mathematics: 3-4 credits

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Program Requirements: 9 credits

The Program Requirements for this degree are simultaneously satisfied by three of General Education Requirements listed above: (1) the Communications Arts and Humanities general education requirement, (2) the  Sophomore Literature Arts and Humanities general education requirement, and (3) one of  the History Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirement courses (HIS 111 or HIS 112 or HIS 211 or HIS 212).

Area of Concentration: 24-29 credits

Students should check the requirements of their transfer school before selecting the courses listed below.

Choose an additional three courses beyond the COM course used to satisfy the Program Requirements from the following: 9 credits

Electives: 12-17 credits

Recommend students check on transfer institution’s requirements. No more than 3 credits of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

Computer Competency Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.

Diversity Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the diversity requirement.  In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate complex ideas and information through writing, speaking, presenting, and using technology.
  • Locate, organize, and analyze information from multiple sources in order to develop informed, reasoned, and substantiated arguments.
  • Explain the value of tradition, innovation, and creativity in understanding and participating in human communications.
  • Apply mathematical skills, critical analysis, and logical thinking to solve problems and interpret quantitative information.
  • Apply awareness of social diversity and the ways in which cultural values are historically and socially situated.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing about communications.
  • Describe the characteristics of an effective listener and apply effective listening skills to specific situations and examples.
  • Participate in small group and problem solving to include conflict management.
  • Analyze/evaluate a message.
  • Research for specific message formulation.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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