Communication, A.A.

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

Communication majors learn about concepts and practices of human communication and mediated communication.  Courses focus on communication within business and organizations and among people with diverse cultural backgrounds.  This program prepares students for a variety of avenues within a business environment, or for transfer to a four-year program in business or communications.  Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree.Communication majors learn about concepts and practices of human communication and mediated communication.  Courses focus on communication within business and organizations and among people with diverse cultural backgrounds.  This program prepares students for a variety of avenues within a business environment, or for transfer to a four-year program in business or communications.  Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

What will you do

Our program is designed for students intending to transfer on to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. Being a strong communicator is vital, both face-to-face and in a digital world. This will give students experience with interpersonal and intercultural issues to facilitate success in careers in today’s global environment.  Employers continue to seek those who have effective communication skills, as well as those who can tackle new avenues of communication through social media. Communication is a broad and exciting field, with no one specific job as a final outcome. Communication majors often seek and find employment in the areas of human resources, sales, marketing, social media, public relations, advertising, broadcasting, business, government, social work, human services and/or journalism.

Wages

  • This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Journalist
  • Communication Specialist
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Social Media Manager
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Communication Professor
  • Editor
  • Mediator

First Semester

SPC 112 - Public Speaking 1 3.0 Credit(s)
DRA 101 - Introduction to Theatre 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 157 - Statistics 4.0 Credit(s)
ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Second Semester

ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
SPC 120 - Intercultural Communications 1 3.0 Credit(s)
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Credit(s)
MKT 110 - Principles of Marketing 1 3.0 Credit(s)
ENV 111 - Environmental Science 4.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Third Semester

SPC 170 - Professional Communications 3.0 Credit(s)
JOU 110 - Introduction to Mass Media 1 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 202 - Social Media Marketing 3.0 Credit(s)
FLS 141 - Elementary Spanish I 4.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 12.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication 1 3.0 Credit(s)
HUM 287 - Leadership Development Studies 3.0 Credit(s)
PHI 211 - Ethics in the Media 3.0 Credit(s)
ART 184 - Photography 3.0 Credit(s)
HIS 251 - U.S. History 1945 to Present 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 60.0

Notes:

One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.
1Required courses for the program
2Recommended General Electives:

Electives

BCA 184 - Comprehensive Web Page Design Software 3.0 Credit(s)
BUS 154 - E-business 3.0 Credit(s)
JOU 211 - Ethics in the Media 3.0 Credit(s)

or

PHI 211 - Ethics in the Media 3.0 Credit(s)

 

MMS 134 - Media Writing 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 202 - Social Media Marketing 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 204 - New Media Production 3.0 Credit(s)
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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate competently in written, oral, and mediated modes.
  • Communicate competently in groups and organizations.

Program Disclaimers

  • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa