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COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Communications is the branch of language arts, which focuses on the comprehensive expression of sound and visual, oral, and written symbols. Study in communications is geared toward understanding the many ways human beings develop, collect, disseminate, and transfer information through symbols, particularly via the mass media. Major areas of specialization include journalism, telecommunications, film, TV, radio, and advertising.

Arts & Letters Division

Dr. David Hudson, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody

Division Coordinator
lcamody@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8772

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Associate in Arts Degree in Communication Studies for Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate in Arts Degree in Communication Studies for Transfer

The Communication Studies Transfer major focuses on how people construct, use, and interpret messages across multiple channels to inform, persuade, manage, relate, and generally influence each other within and across varying cultural venues. Emphasis is also placed on identifying and valuing disparate systems of social norms and values that influence the human communicative process. Students will learn and understand the various theoretical and pragmatic skills that enable them to navigate social interaction within multiple interpersonal, small group, public, and intercultural contexts. Students will thus become familiar with both field-specific nomenclature as well as effective oral, listening, and critical thinking skills needed to effectively manage communication encounters in diverse social environments. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Communication Studies, Speech Communications, or a similar degree.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  • Construct, use, and interpret messages across multiple channels to inform, persuade, manage, relate, and generally influence each other within and across varying cultural venues.
  • Identify and value disparate systems of social norms and values that influence the human communicative process.
  • Understand the various theoretical and pragmatic skills that enable them to navigate social interaction within multiple interpersonal, small group, public, and intercultural contexts.
  • Become familiar with both field-specific nomenclature as well as effective oral, listening, and critical thinking skills need to manage effective communication encounters in a diverse society.
Required courses

Core:
COMM G100 – Interpersonal Communication – 3 units
COMM G110/G110H – Public Speaking – 3 units
COMM G220 – Essentials of Argumentation – 3 units
COMM G112 – Small Group Dynamics – 3 units
COMM G255 – Intercultural Communication – 3 units

Choose one of the following:
COMM G225/PEACE G225 – Negotiation and Mediation – 3 units
or
COMM G260 – Organizational Communication – 3 units

Total units: 18


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Communication Studies for Transfer

Semester 1
COMM G100 (Core) Interpersonal Communication – 3 units
or
COMM G110/G110H (Core) Public Speaking – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 2
COMM G100 (Core) Interpersonal Communication – 3 units
or
COMM G110G110H (Core) Public Speaking – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 3
COMM G220 (Core) Essentials of Argumentation – 3 units
COMM G112 (Core) Small Group Dynamics – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
COMM G255 (Core) Intercultural Communication – 3 units

COMM G225* Peace Studies G225 Negotiation and Mediation – 3 units
or
COMM G260 (Core) organizational Communication – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Major Total: 18 units
GE Pattern CSU General Education Breadth or  IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Double-Counted: 12
Additional elective CSU transferable units 15-17
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.
* Offered in the fall semester only.

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COMMUNICATION STUDIES G100 – 3 Units
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Interpersonal Communication
This course is a survey of the process, analysis and theory of one-to-one oral communication. Content areas include self-concept, perception, cultural influences, listening, verbal messages, nonverbal messages, conversation, relational development and conflict management. Students will learn theories that explain human communication behavior and in addition will be required to practice effective interpersonal communication skills in various contexts. C-ID COMM 130 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G110 – 3 Units
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Public Speaking
This course focuses on understanding and applying the fundamental principles of public speaking. These speech skills include identifying the purpose, selecting the topic, conducting research, organizing content and outlining the speech, choosing appropriate language, using effective visual aids, adapting to the audience and occasion, and delivering the speech in a manner that is both verbally and nonverbally effective, while also learning to evaluate the speeches of others. Students will learn to present information clearly, reasonably, and persuasively by giving individual speeches and participating in group presentations. Recommended for Speech Communication, Business and Education majors. UC Credit Limitations: COMM G110 and G110H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID COMM 110 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G110 HONORS – 3 Units
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Public Speaking Honors
This course sharpens the focus on understanding and applying principles of informative, persuasive and group presentations. These speech skills include identifying the purpose, selecting the topic, conducting research, organizing content and outlining the speech, choosing appropriate language, using effective visual aids, adapting to the audience and occasion, and delivering the speech in a verbally pleasing manner, as well as evaluating the speeches of others. Giving individual speeches and participating in group presentations, students seek to excel in presenting information clearly, reasonably, and persuasively. Readings and assignments for this class are more rigorous than in the standard course. Recommended for Communication Studies, Business and Education majors. UC credit limitations: COMM G110 and G110H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID COMM 110 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G112 – 3 Units
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Small Group Dynamics
This course is recommended for Communication Studies, Business, Education majors & individuals interested in participating effectively in groups in work or community settings. C-ID COMM 140 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G220 – 3 Units
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Essentials of Argumentation
This is a course presenting the principles of argumentation: reasoning, critical thinking, and the analytical skills necessary to construct arguments and refutations. Recommended for Communication Studies, Business and Education majors. C-ID COMM 120 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G225 – 3 Units
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Negotiation and Mediation
(Same as: Peace Studies G225)
Advisories: Communication Studies G100
This course presents theories and skills to address and settle conflict situations by utilizing the negotiation and mediation processes. The student will learn how to assess conflict situations and determine the appropriateness of negotiation and mediation. Students will learn theories and skills through lecture, role playing, dialogue and in-class simulations. Students will also examine different contexts for negotiation and mediation including family, school, community and business situations. Videos and student presentations of negotiation and conflict resolution topics complement the lectures, simulations and role playing. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G255 – 3 Units
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Intercultural Communication
(Formerly known as: Communication Studies G175)
Advisories: Comm G100 or Comm G108
This course analyzes the study of communication from an intergroup, culture-general perspective. General theories of communication (e.g., uncertainty/anxiety reduction, relationship development, nonverbal expectancy violations, ingroup-outgroup stereotyping) are integrated with theories of cultural difference (e.g. individualism-collectivism, cultural variability, low-high context communication, cultural value orientations, dimensions of culture, Confucian cultural patterns) to explain, predict and improve communication behavior. Communication is examined in both cross-cultural and intercultural settings, with the goal of increasing intercultural effectiveness and minimizing prejudice and discrimination. C-ID COMM 150 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G260 – 3 Units
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Organizational Communication
This course focuses on understanding and applying the fundamental principles of communication in organizations. These elements include organizational communication models, the role of ethics and diversity, basic communication skills, interviewing skills, communicating in groups and teams, conflict management, leadership, and presentation skills. Students will learn to analyze, adapt, and improve their communication strategies in organizational settings by applying and practicing the knowledge and skills acquired in this course. Recommended for Communication Studies, Business and Education majors. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Communication Studies will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

A Major in Communication Studies leads to many career opportunities. The following is a partial list of occupations available to Communications Majors by level of degree obtained:

Associate in Arts Degree

  • Actor/Actress
  • Announcer
  • Auctioneer
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Disc Jockey
  • Media Specialist
  • News Photographer
  • Proofreader
  • Research Library Technician

Bachelor of Arts Degree

  • Account Executive
  • Advertising Worker
  • Arbitrator
  • Columnist
  • Commentator
  • Copyeditor
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Journalist
  • Lecturer
  • Lobbyist
  • Online Content Developer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publisher
  • Reporter
  • Speech Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • TV Director
FULL-TIME FACULTY

Jaima Bennett
Professor, Communication Studies
B.A., M.A., California State University at Fullerton
jbennett@gwc.cccd.edu

Dr. John Lervold II
Professor, Communication Studies
A.A., Golden West College; B.A., M.A., CSULB;
Ph.D. at University of Washington
jlervold@gwc.cccd.edu

Stella Madrigal
Professor, Communication Studies
A.A., Orange Coast College; B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara; Professional Clear Clad Credential, National University; M.A., California State University at Long Beach; further study: Intercultural Studies at California State University at Fullerton and Korean Cultural Center at Los Angeles.
smadrigal@gwc.cccd.edu

Sandy Sudweeks
Professor, Communication Studies
B.S., Regis College, Denver; M.A., Arizona State University.
ssudweeks@gwc.cccd.edu

Russell Terry
Professor, Counselor/Communication Studies
B.A., M.A., California State University at Fullerton; M.A., Loyola Marymount University; further graduate study: California State University at Fullerton, Claremont Graduate University
rterry@gwc.cccd.edu