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Award: Associate of Arts Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Interim Dean John Mayhorne, 443-412-2382,; or Advising, Career and Transfer Services, 443-412-2301.

Students of this program will develop an understanding of core communication concepts and apply them in a wide variety of many different careers, relationships, and settings. Because skilled communicators are highly desired by business and industry, students may go on to hold a variety of positions in a wide range of fields and/or to a four year Communication Studies Degree Program.

Students will have knowledge of foundational theories of communication; prevailing communication research paradigms; roles and functions of communication in interpersonal, group, and public contexts; and the impact and ethics of communication in a diverse and global society. Students will also have the ability to think critically; conduct and evaluate communication research; communicate effectively in interpersonal, group, and public contexts; create and deliver effective and ethical messages via oral, print, and electronic modes.

Upon completion of the Communication Studies AA Degree Program, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate ethically and effectively with others in a variety of oral and written contexts and situations.
  2. Demonstrate the application of communication theories in various life situations.
  3. Monitor, analyze, and adjust personal communication behavior.
  4. Demonstrate intercultural sensitivity.

    Students have options for transfer to many institutions, both in Maryland and across the United States.

    Effective and appropriate communication is required for success in any career path. Strong and effective skills (formal and informal) are required in writing, verbal, and group communication. In October 2013 the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported that, “When it comes to the importance of candidate skills and qualities, employers are looking for team players who can solve problems, organize their work, and communicate effectively.”

    Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
      Behavioral/Social Science+  Arts/Humanities+
      Biological/Physical Science  English Composition
      Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues  Mathematics
      Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
    + For AS, AA, and AAT degrees, Behavioral/Social Science and Arts/Humanities electives must be selected from two different disciplines.
    TO SATISFY THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course . It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit , , course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.

Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Mathematics Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Total15
Second Semester Credits
CMST 105Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 216Business Communications 3
PSY 101General Psychology 3
Biological/Physical Science Elective 3
General Elective 3
Physical Education/Fitness Elective 1
 Semester Total16
Third Semester   Credits
CMST 200Communication Theory 3
PHIL 205Ethics 3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Total15
Fourth Semester Credits
CMST 230Nonverbal Communication 3
CMST 210Group Communication and Leadership 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
General Elective 3
Physical Education/Fitness Elective 1
 Semester Total14