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The Communication Studies Department at West Los Angeles College recognizes the transformative power of communication in personal, organizational, cultural, social and political contexts. We support students’ development of critical and analytical abilities, proficiency in public speaking, small group communication, intercultural communication, argumentation, new media and interpersonal skills. We strive for students to become culturally aware, civic minded individuals poised for success in their endeavors as community members, citizens and leaders in their chosen careers.

Communication skills represent the number-one workplace ability sought by today’s employers. Our department offers:

  • Associate of Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T)
  • Associate of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Three course options to meet the oral communication requirement for transfer
  • Robust online course offerings

 

The Associate of Arts in

Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T) (Major Code 1506.00)

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer (AA-T) Degree prepares students for transfer into a Bachelor of Arts program in Communication Studies at a California State University (CSU). This degree aligns with the college’s mission to provide a transfer pathway for student success. This degree complies with The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440). Information on which campuses accept this degree can be found at http://www.sb1440.org/.

Students who complete an ADT and transfer to a similar major at a CSU are guaranteed a pathway to finish their baccalaureate degrees in 60 semester or 90 quarter units. These degrees require students to meet both of the following requirements: 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-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 and meeting the requirements of an approved transfer model curriculum. 2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. 

The Associate Degree program in Communication Studies enables a student to transfer into a baccalaureate program at a four-year institution. Students who wish to obtain an associate degree in Communication Studies may do so by completing the course requirements listed below plus all other WLAC requirements for an associate degree.

Transfer students should consult the Counseling Office for major preparation and general education requirements of the particular transfer institution of their choice. Transfer students who want to also obtain an Associate Degree may do so by completing all WLAC general education requirements plus at least 18 units in the major as required by the transfer institution (a total of 60 units for an Associate Degree).

Program Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Research and collect data on the demographics, needs and expectations of the audience.
  • Analyze the audience and adjust to its needs when delivering a speech.
  • Plan speeches that have clear purposes: to inform, to debate, to persuade or to resolve conflict.
  • Employ effective interpersonal communication skills and strategies that foster improved relationships with other individuals in dyads or small groups.
  • Apply critical thinking to formulating speeches and in assisting audiences in understanding, investigating or questioning the contents and purpose of a speech.
  • Deliver speeches that incorporate a combination of verbal and non-verbal, written and/or visual and auditory expressions and media.
  • Employ voice projection, enunciation, pacing, eye contact and other effective delivery strategies.
  • Employ small group communication strategies.
  • Employ relaxation techniques to prepare for delivery.
  • Script a speech. 

 

Degree Path (60 units)

REQUIRED COURSES (3 units)

  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 101 Public Speaking  (3 units)

ELECTIVE UNITS, LIST A (CHOSEN FROM THE FOLLOWING) (6 units)

  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 104 Argumentation (3 units)
  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 121 The Process of Interpersonal Communication (3 units)
  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 151 Small Group Communication (3 units)

ELECTIVE UNITS, LIST B (CHOSEN FROM THE FOLLOWING) (6 units)

Any course from List A that has not already been used 

  • ART 635 Desktop Publishing Design (3 Units)
  • CINEMA 001 Introduction to Motion Picture Production (3 units)
  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 122 Intercultural Communication (3 units)

ELECTIVE UNITS, LIST C (CHOSEN FROM THE FOLLOWING) (3 units)

Any course from List A that has not already been used 

  • ANTHRO 102 Human Ways of Life: Cultural Anthropology (3 units) 
  • ENGLISH 102 College Reading and Composition II (3 units)
  • PSYCH 001 General Psychology (3 units)
  • SOC 001 Introcution to Sociology (3 units)

ADDITIONAL CSU GE OR IGETC UNITS (25-36 units)

(37-39 units, minus 3-12 major units that may be double-counted as GE)

CSU-TRANSFERABLE ELECTIVE UNITS 6-17

TOTAL UNITS: 60

 

The Associate of Arts in

Communication Studies  (AA) (Major Code 1506.00)

Degree Path (21 units, Plan A)

The Associate of Arts degree in Communication Studies includes coursework that aligns with lower-division requirements for transfer to various universities within the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems.

Program Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Research and collect data on the demographics, needs and expectations of the audience.
  • Analyze the audience and adjust to its needs when delivering a speech.
  • Plan speeches that have clear purposes: to inform, to debate, to persuade or to resolve conflict.
  • Employ effective interpersonal communication skills and strategies that foster improved relationships with other individuals in dyads or small groups.
  • Apply critical thinking to formulating speeches and in assisting audiences in understanding, investigating or questioning the contents and purpose of a speech. 
  • Deliver speeches that incorporate a combination of verbal and non-verbal, written and/or visual and auditory expressions and media.
  • Employ voice projection, enunciation, pacing, eye contact and other effective delivery strategies.
  • Employ small group communication strategies.
  • Employ relaxation techniques to prepare for delivery.
  • Script a speech. 

REQUIRED COURSES

  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 101 Oral Communication I (3 units)

  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 104 Argumentation (3 units)

  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 121 The Process of Interpersonal Communication (3 units)

  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 151 Small Group Communication (3 units)

AND 9 UNITS FROM THE FOLLOWING:

  • ENGLISH 102 College Reading and Composition II (3 units)

  • THEATER 200 Introduction to Acting (3 units)

  • CINEMA 001 Introduction to Motion Picture Production (3 units)

  • ART 635 Desktop Publishing (3 units)

  • ANTHRO 102 Human Ways of Life: Cultural Anthropology (3 units)

  • PSYCH 001: General Psychology (3 units)

  • SOC 001 Introduction to Sociology (3 units)

  • THEATER 200 Introduction to Acting (3 units)

  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 122 Intercultural Communicaiton (3 units)

  • COMMUNICATION STUDIES 190 Communicaiton and New Media (3 units)

ADDITIONAL LACCD GE PLAN UNITS 15

(21 units, minus 6 major units that may be double-counted as GE)

DEGREE-APPLICABLE ELECTIVE UNITS 24

TOAL UNITS: 60