Communication Studies

Upon completion of the Associate in Arts in Communications Studies for Transfer degree, students will be prepared for pursuing a BA/BS in Communication or Communication Studies.

Required:

(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education ā€“ Breadth Requirements.

(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.ā€

 ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.  A ā€œPā€ (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes:

After completing an Associate in Arts in Communications Studies for Transfer degree, a student will be able to:

  1. Apply theory and research findings in communication studies to their professional and personal relationships.
  2. Engage in professional public discourse with application of research, organization, reasoning and oral presentation.

Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Apply theory and research findings in communication studies to their professional and personal relationships.
  2. Engage in professional public discourse with application of research, organization, reasoning and oral presentation.
Required:
Units: 3
CMUN 1A
Introduction to Public Speaking (Active)
3
LIST A: Choose two: (6 units)
Units: 6
CMUN 8
Interpersonal Communication (Active)
3
CMUN 10
Small Group Communication (Active)
3
LIST B: Choose two (including any List A course not used above):
Units: 6
CMUN 4
Intercultural Communication (Active)
3
CMUN 5
Fundamentals of Communication Studies (Active)
3
JOUR 10
Mass Media and Society (Active)
3
CMUN 2
Oral Interpretation (Historical)
3
or
THEA 4
Oral Interpretation (Historical)
3
LIST C: Choose one (including any List A or B course not used above):
Units: 3
ANTH 3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Active)
3
PSYC 10
Introduction to Psychology (Active)
3
SOC 1A
Introduction to Sociology (Active)
3
ENGL 1B
Composition and Literature (Active)
3
ENGL 1C
Critical Reasoning and Writing (Active)
3
Units Required for the Major: 18
Units:  
Double Counted Units:
Units:  
General Education Requirements: CSU GE: 39; IGETC: 37
Units: 37-39
Electives needed to get to 60 Units:
Units:  
Total Units for the Degree: 60 Units
Units:  
Total: 55-57

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Communication is a vital part of today's world, whether a skill used professionally, socially or in your personal life. We welcome you to explore one of the many areas of Communication Studies by taking a class at Gavilan College. The Communication Studies AA degree will provide students with the knowledge and skill about human communication that can be applied to various contexts in life. Whether it be improving on public speaking skills, working with a culturally diverse group or developing skills to better communicate ones wants and needs to family and friends, the curriculum is academically structured to meet your needs based on the specific course that you choose.
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Apply theory and research findings in communication studies to their professional and personal relationships.
  2. Engage in professional public discourse with application of research, organization, reasoning and oral presentation.
Core Courses :
Units: 15
CMUN 1A
Introduction to Public Speaking (Active)
3
CMUN 4
Intercultural Communication (Active)
3
CMUN 8
Interpersonal Communication (Active)
3
CMUN 10
Small Group Communication (Active)
3
PSYC 10
Introduction to Psychology (Active)
3
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Units: 6
CMUN 5
Fundamentals of Communication Studies (Active)
3
JOUR 10
Mass Media and Society (Active)
3
or
SOC 10
Mass Media and Society (Active)
3
GUID 27
Contemporary Leadership (Active)
3
or
PSYC 27
Contemporary Leadership (Active)
3
or
POLS 27
Contemporary Leadership (Active)
3
PHIL 4
Critical Thinking and Writing (Active)
3
CMUN 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
or
POLS 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
or
PSYC 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
ANTH 3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Active)
3
SOC 1A
Introduction to Sociology (Active)
3
SOC 21
Marriage and the Family (Active)
3
SOC 4
Sociology of Gender (Active)
3
General Education Requirements:
Units: 35-39
A student may complete the Gavilan College A.A./A.S. general education, the CSU-GE Breadth or the IGETC pattern, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60 unit total. See a counselor for details. NOTE: A course may be used to satisfy both general education and major requirements. See "Double Counting Rule".
Total: 56-60

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The knowledge and skills gained by completing this Certificate of Achievement are designed to promote positive communication and increase problem-solving skills in work and personal environments. Those interested in psychology will also benefit.
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Identify and demonstrate a range of communication and comprehension skills including: research, writing, outlining, analysis, evaluation, contextualization, teamwork, observation, and cultural competency of theories and issues across a variety of communication contexts.
  2. Practice and analyze democratic civic engagement.
Choose 4 classes (12 units) from the following list:
Units: 12
CMUN 1A
Introduction to Public Speaking (Active)
3
CMUN 2
Oral Interpretation (Historical)
3
or
THEA 4
Oral Interpretation (Historical)
3
CMUN 4
Intercultural Communication (Active)
3
CMUN 5
Fundamentals of Communication Studies (Active)
3
CMUN 8
Interpersonal Communication (Active)
3
CMUN 10
Small Group Communication (Active)
3
CSIS 129
Presentation Graphics - MS PowerPoint (Historical)
1
or
CMUN 129
Presentation Graphics - MS PowerPoint (Historical)
1
CMUN 12
Business Communication (Active)
3
CMUN 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
Total: 12

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The knowledge and skills gained by completing this Certificate of Achievement are designed to promote positive communication and increase problem-solving skills in work and personal environments. 
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Identify and demonstrate a range of communication and comprehension skills including: research, writing, outlining, analysis, evaluation, contextualization, teamwork, observation, and cultural competency of theories and issues across a variety of communication contexts.
  2. Practice and analyze democratic civic engagement.
Choose eighteen (18) units from the following list:
Units: 18
POLS 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
or
CMUN 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
or
PSYC 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
POLS 27
Contemporary Leadership (Active)
3
or
PSYC 27
Contemporary Leadership (Active)
3
or
GUID 27
Contemporary Leadership (Active)
3
CMUN 5
Fundamentals of Communication Studies (Active)
3
CMUN 8
Interpersonal Communication (Active)
3
PSYC 10
Introduction to Psychology (Active)
3
SOC 1A
Introduction to Sociology (Active)
3
CMUN 12
Business Communication (Active)
3
Total: 18

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CMUN 1AIntroduction to Public Speaking (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. Basic principles of effective human communication and their function in contemporary public settings; emphasis is on the speeches to inform and persuade, with special consideration given to fundamental communication skills, including organization, reasoning, explanation, rhetoric and listening. (C-ID: COMM 110) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019 to Summer 2020.
CMUN 1AIntroduction to Public Speaking (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Basic principles of effective human communication and their function in contemporary public settings; emphasis is on the speeches to inform and persuade, with special consideration given to fundamental communication skills, including organization, reasoning, explanation, rhetoric and listening. (C-ID: COMM 110) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Summer 2020.
CMUN 2Oral Interpretation (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. An introduction to the analysis, preparation and dramatic presentation of literature, including classical and contemporary prose, poetry and drama. Students will prepare, analyze, interpret and present great works of theatre and literature for an audience. This course is also listed as THEA 4. (C-ID: COMM 170) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2019.
CMUN 4Intercultural Communication (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. This course will explore the dynamics of communication as it applies to people from different cultures. Course content focuses on the application of theory and research to intercultural communication contexts. Increasing the awareness and understanding of diversity, the perception process, culture, verbal and non-verbal communication and the obstacles that prevent one from becoming a competent intercultural communicator will be examined. (C-ID: COMM 150) (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2015 to Fall 2020.
CMUN 4Intercultural Communication (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course will explore the dynamics of communication as it applies to people from different cultures. Course content focuses on the application of theory and research to intercultural communication contexts. Increasing the awareness and understanding of diversity, the perception process, culture, verbal and non-verbal communication and the obstacles that prevent one from becoming a competent intercultural communicator will be examined. (C-ID: COMM 150) (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
CMUN 5Fundamentals of Communication Studies (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course provides an overview of the history of the communication studies field and areas of specialization with the field as well as communication research methods. Instruction and application of theory and practice in various communication contexts including the self concept, interpersonal, interviewing skills, small group dynamics, and public speaking. Emphasis is placed on analytical and organizational skills, listening, nonverbal and verbal communication, and public speaking communication methodology. (C-ID: COMM 180) ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019.
CMUN 6Introduction to Conflict Resolution (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Introduction to Conflict Resolution introduces students to non-violent communication skills, conflict resolution, and mediation models. Integrating non-violent theory and practice, students will apply core concepts about the causes of conflict; choose, practice and evaluate communication skills in a variety of settings on campus and in the community; and formulate appropriate conflict resolution strategies based on analysis of varying conflict situations with sensitivity to ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender influences. They will also develop and practice basic co-mediation skills in formal and informal settings. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as PSYC 6 and POLS 6 ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2020.
CMUN 6Introduction to Conflict Resolution (3) Review all entries Historical
Introduction to Conflict Resolution introduces students to non-violent communication skills, conflict resolution, and mediation models. Integrating non-violent theory and practice, students will apply core concepts about the causes of conflict; choose, practice and evaluate communication skills in a variety of settings on campus and in the community; and formulate appropriate conflict resolution strategies based on analysis of varying conflict situations with sensitivity to ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender influences. They will also develop and practice basic co-mediation skills in formal and informal settings. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as PSYC 6 and POLS 6 ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2016.
CMUN 8Interpersonal Communication (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course studies the communication process in an interpersonal (dyadic) setting. This class will explore the ways in which we can improve our communication with others. Verbal and nonverbal messages, self-concept, cultural differences, gender differences, perception, listening and conflict management will be explored. (C-ID: COMM 130) (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019.
CMUN 10Small Group Communication (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. An introductory course that develops basic individual reasoning skills, insights and experiences in information-sharing, interacting, decision-making, problem-solving, persuasion, and resolution of disputes and other issues central to group processes. (C-ID: COMM 140) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016 to Fall 2020.
CMUN 10Small Group Communication (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. An introductory course that develops basic individual reasoning skills, insights and experiences in information-sharing, interacting, decision-making, problem-solving, persuasion, and resolution of disputes and other issues central to group processes. (C-ID: COMM 140) (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
CMUN 12Business Communication (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture. Applies business communication concepts where students create effective documents and visual aids using current technology, present individual and team oral presentations, assess interpersonal and intercultural environments and evaluate common controversial issues within the workplace. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019 to Fall 2020.
CMUN 12Business Communication (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Applies business communication concepts where students create effective documents and visual aids using current technology, present individual and team oral presentations, assess interpersonal and intercultural environments and evaluate common controversial issues within the workplace. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2020.
CMUN 22Field Work and Service (0.5-1.0)Active
1.5-3.0 TBA. Supervised field work within the college and with local agencies. Students serve in useful group activities in leadership roles prescribed for them by faculty or community agencies. A maximum of six units may be completed. This is a pass/no pass course. REQUIRED: Learning contracts must be filled out and signed by the student and the supervising instructor. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
CMUN 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filed with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
CMUN 129Presentation Graphics - MS PowerPoint (1.0)Active
1.0 Lecture. This introductory course in presentation graphics will use Microsoft Office's "PowerPoint" software to create a computerized presentation with text and objects. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as CSIS 129. ADVISORY: CSIS 126/226 or word processing skills in the Windows environment. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2019.

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