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Communication Studies

Program Description: The Field of Study in Communications (Associate of Arts degree in Communication Studies) is intended to match, within the constraints of the Core Curriculum, the course of study for the first two years of a typical communication studies program at a four-year college or university. It also provides the flexibility for students desiring only an associate degree to specialize the program to individual interests.

Use this Program Map as an advising guide to choose courses with your advisor and track progress toward milestones and completion of the degree program. The map provides students a suggested course sequence to timely program completion.

SEMESTER-BY-SEMESTER PROGRAM PLAN FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS
Plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters  

Course Schedule    Course Descriptions
Semester 1 Min. CR Advising Notes
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication* 3 Area of Concentration FOS/Core
Communication Core Course 3 Select a course from the Communication core area. Core
Life and Physical Sciences Core Course 4 Select a course from the Life and Physical Sciences core area. (The science courses should include at least two in one discipline, with at least 8 hours of science. Many transfer universities require 8 hours of sequential science from the same discipline, for example General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II. Students should talk with an advisor to determine the best course depending on transfer plan and degree goals.) Core
American History Core Course 3 Select a course from the American History core area. Core
General Elective 3
16 Program Semester Hours / Meet with your advisor
Semester 2
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking* 3 Area of Concentration FOS/Core
Communication Core Course 3 Select a course from the Communication core area. Core
Mathematics Core Course 3 Select a course from the Mathematics core area. (MATH 1324 is recommended; if a student plans to transfer to Texas A&M University; MATH 1332 is recommended.) Core
Life and Physical Sciences Core Course 4 Select a course from the Life and Physical Sciences core area. (The science courses should include at least two in one discipline, with at least 8 hours of science. Many transfer universities require 8 hours of sequential science from the same discipline, for example General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II. Students should talk with an advisor to determine the best course depending on transfer plan and degree goals.) Core
American History Core Course 3 Select a course from the American History core area. Core
16 Program Semester Hours / Meet with your advisor
Semester 3 Min. CR Advising Notes
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication* 3 Area of Concentration FOS/Core
General Elective 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Course 3 Select a course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences core area (excluding SPCH 1318). Core
Creative Arts Core Course 3 Select a course from the Creative Arts core area. Core
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
15 Program Semester Hours / Meet with your advisor
Semester 4
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication* 3 Area of Concentration FOS/Core
Restricted Elective 3 Select from: SPCH 2333 Discussion & Small Group Communication SPCH 2335 Argumentation & Debate
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness 1 Or select a course from the Component Area Option section of the Core Curriculum. Core
Language, Philosophy and Culture Core Course 3 Select a course from the Language, Philosophy, and Culture core area. Core
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3 Core
13 Program Semester Hours
Total Program Hours 60

AttentionStudents must visit with an advisor when they have completed 30 hours toward the degree plan (typically the end of the second semester).

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Transfer Information

This COMS degree provides a pathway to transfer to a four-year college or university where students can earn a baccalaureate degree. Students are strongly encouraged to select a transfer destination by the time they have completed 30 semester credit hours. Students should consult with their chosen transfer institution regarding recommended courses that will transfer and be applied to their baccalaureate degree program.

Note: Overflow hours from Life and Physical Sciences Core Curriculum Courses can be applied to the Component Area Option hours.

*An asterisk (*) indicates a Field of Study course.  “A Field of Study (FOS) is a selection of lower-division courses that are guaranteed by state law to transfer and apply to a degree program.” Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:  https://www.blinn.edu/academics/degrees/VPAK/aa-field-of-study-communication-studies.html

For more information on program transfer information to four-year institutions visit Blinn’s transfer information site:   https://www.blinn.edu/transfer-information/resources.html

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