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Communication Studies Emphasis

Program Information

The Associate of Arts with emphasis in Communication Studies focuses on the following areas of communication study: basics of communication, interpersonal, public speaking, intercultural, and small group interaction. For assistance in program planning, or to explore additional transfer options, students should meet with an academic advisor.

Developmental Courses

Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics, or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the transactional nature of communication and its core principles.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the critical role of context in communication and ability to adapt content to changes within interpersonal and public speaking situations.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the critical role of culture and diversity in communication and ability to communicate effectively within and across cultures.
    4. Effectively structure and deliver an oral presentation by choosing appropriate organizational and delivery methods to suit the message.
    5. Identify and select appropriate supporting materials and demonstrate ability to effectively cite sources.
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses
      numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all
      MnTC courses.
    • Satisfy residency requirements. See page 27 of the Anoka-Ramsey Academic Catalog
    • Completion of specific degree requirements. Students may earn only
      one AA degree regardless of emphasis.
    • To receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without

    NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.

  • 12 credits

    CMST 2210 Intercultural Communication 3
    CMST 2225 Public Speaking 3
    CMST 2230 Interpersonal Communication 3
    CMST 2235 Small Group Communication 3
    Students are required to choose five (5) credits from any academic discipline which will serve as General Elective credits.
  • 40 credits

    Distribution requirements are satisfied through completion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) listed below. These criteria must be met to complete the MnTC:

    1. All ten goal areas listed below must be completed.
    2. A total of at least 40 semester credits from courses listed in the MnTC must be satisfactorily completed. One course may satisfy more than one goal area, but the course credits may be counted only once.
    3. A 2.0 MnTC GPA is required for recognition of a student’s completion of the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, with or without completing an associate degree.
    4. Students completing the AA with Communication Studies Emphasis are required to complete the selected MnTC courses listed below.
    1.  Communication
    (two courses required; one from A and one from B)
      A. ENGL 1120* or 1121* 4
      B. CMST 1110 3
    2.  Critical Thinking (three courses required)
    3.  Natural Science (one must include a lab)
      A. One Physical Science course required  
      B. One Biological Science course required  
    4.  Mathematical/Logical Reasoning (one course required)
    5.  History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
    (two courses required; one from each of two categories)
      A. Economics/Geography  
      B. Anthropology/Psychology/Sociology  
      C. History/Political Science  
    6.  Humanities/Fine Art
    (two courses required; one from each of two categories)
      A. Literature  
      B. Humanities/Philosophy  
      C. Art/Music/Theatre  
    7.  Human Diversity (one course required)
    8.  Global Perspective (one course required)
    9.  Ethical/Civic Responsibility (one course required)
    10.  People and the Environment (one course required)

    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.


    Select any HPER course(s) totaling at least 3 credits.

  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

    • Advertising Manager
    • Agents and Business Manager
    • Communication Consultant
    • Editor/News Writer
    • Events Planner
    • Film & Video Editor
    • Graphic Designer
    • News Reporter/News Anchor
    • Producers & Directors
    • Public Relations Specialist & Manager
    • Public Speaker/Spokesperson
    • Speech Writer
    • Training Specialist
    • Writer/Author

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