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Communication Studies
2014 - 2015 Communication Field of Study Program Information
An Associate of Arts with a Communication Field of Study requires 60 credit hours.

Collin offers four sub-areas of the Communication Field of Study (FOS).  The sub-areas are:Advertising / Public Relations, General Communication (Communication Studies / Speech Communication / Speech and Rhetorical Studies / Organizational Communication), Journalism / Mass Communication, and Radio and Television Broadcasting / Broadcast Journalism.  Upon completion of the Field of Study Curriculum, a certificate will be awarded to acknowledge completion and readiness to transition from an associate level to a baccalaureate (BA / BS) level, at any Texas public institution.

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isted below are the requirements for each Communication Field of Study sub-area:

Certificate - Communication Field Of Study
Advertising / Public Relations
(Sub-Area)

 

REQUIRED COURSES  

12 credit hours

  Competency Area 1 6-9 credit hours
    COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication  
    COMM 2300 Media Literacy    
    COMM 2330 Introduction to Public Relations
  Competency Area 2 3 - 6 credit hours
    COMM 2332 Radio / Television News    
    COMM 2339 Writing for Radio, Television, and Film  

 

Recommended Electives

to complete AA -  
6 credit hours

 

  COMM 2330 Introduction to Public Relations
  COMM 2332 Radio / Television News
  SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication

 


Certificate - Communication Field Of Study
General Communication
(Sub-Area)

REQUIRED COURSES  

12 credit hours

  Competency Area 1 6 credit hours
    SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 1
    SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication    
  Competency Area 2 6 credit hours
    SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 1    
    SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 1    
    SPCH 2335 Argumentation and Debate    

1 One of these courses will meet the Component Area Option - Speech Component
   area of the General Education Core
       

Recommended Electives
(If not completed in Competency Area 1 or
Area 2, listed above)

to complete AA -
6 credit hours

  COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication
  COMM 2330 Media Literacy
  COMM 2331 Radio / Television Announcing
  COMM 2332 Radio / Television News




Certificate - Communication Field Of Study
Journalism / Mass Communication
(Sub-Area)

 

REQUIRED COURSES  

12 credit hours

  Competency Area 1 6 - 9 credit hours
    COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication
    COMM 1335 Survey of Radio / Television    
    COMM 2300 Media Literacy    
    COMM 2330 Introduction to Public Relations    
  Competency Area 2 3 - 6 credit hours
    COMM 2332 Radio / Television News    
    COMM 2339 Writing for Radio, Television, and Film    

 

Recommended Electives
(If not completed in Competency Area 1 or
Area 2, listed above)

to complete AA -
6 credit hours

  COMM 2330 Introduction to Public Relations
  COMM 2332 Radio / Television News
  SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication



Certificate - Communication Field Of Study
Radio and Television Broadcasting /
Broadcast Journalism
(Sub-Area)

 

REQUIRED COURSES  

12 credit hours

  Competency Area 1 6 - 9 credit hours
    COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication
    COMM 1335 Survey of Radio / Television    
    COMM 2300 Media Literacy    
    COMM 2366 Introduction to Cinema    
  Competency Area 2 3 - 6 credit hours
    COMM 2331 Radio / Television Announcing    
    COMM 2332 Radio / Television News    
    COMM 2339 Writing for Radio, Television, and Film  

 

Recommended Electives
(If not completed in Competency Area 1 or
Area 2, listed above)

to complete AA -
6 credit hours

  COMM 2330 Introduction to Public Relations
  COMM 2332 Radio / Television News
  SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication



To earn the AA degree, in addition to the Field of Study Certificate, complete the following General Education Core requirements and recommended electives.


  General EducationCore                     39 - 42 credit hours

Below are component areas of the General Education Core not included in the Communication FOS. 

COMMUNICATION

6 Credit Hours

Must take both: ENGL 1301 and 1302  
LANGUAGE, PHILOSOPHY & CULTURE

3 Credit Hours

Select one of the following courses:
(Note: Only the courses that will meet the AA
degree requirements are listed below.
See General Education Core Table for more Options)

   English ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2342, 2343  
MATHEMATICS

3 Credit Hours

Select one: MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, 1325, 13321, 1342, 1350, 1351, 1414, 2305, 2312, 2318, 2320, 2413, 2414, 2415, 2417, 2419  
LIFE & PHYSICAL SCIENCES

8 Credit Hours

Select two courses from the following areas:
(A two-course sequence is recommended)

   Biology BIOL 1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 1411, 1414, 1415, 2401, 2402, 2404, 2406, 2416, 2420, 2421  
   Chemistry CHEM 1405, 1411, 1412, 2423, 2425  
   Environmental
   Science
ENVR 1401, 1402  
   Geology GEOL 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405, 1445, 1447  
   Physics PHYS 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405, 1410, 1415, 1417, 2425, 2426  
SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

3 Credit Hours

Select one course from the following areas:

   Anthropology ANTH 2302, 2346, 2351  
   Economics ECON 2301, 2302  
   Psychology PSYC 2301  
   Sociology SOCI 1301  
GOVERNMENT / POLITICAL SCIENCES

6 Credit Hours

Must take both: GOVT 2305 and 2306  
AMERICAN HISTORY

6 Credit Hours

Select two: HIST 1301, 1302 or 2301  
CREATIVE ARTS

3 Credit Hours

Select one of the following:

 
   Dance DANC 2303  
   Music MUSI 1306, 1307, 1310  
   Theatre DRAM 1310, 2361, 2362, 2366, 2367  
   Visual Arts ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, 1313  
COMPONENT AREA OPTIONS (CAO)

4 Credit Hours

SPEECH 2

  3 credit hours
     Select One: SPCH 1311, 1315, 1321  
 ADDITIONAL CAO REQUIREMENT:   1 credit hour
     Select One: PSYC 1100, 1300  

 

1. Before taking MATH-1332, check with an academic adviser regarding the transferability. Some baccalaureate majors or institutions may require a higher-level mathematics course.
2. If you are working toward the General Communication Sub-Area of the Communication Field of Study, you have met this requirement. All other component areas of the Core must be completed.

 

 

Note: The second digit in a course number indicates the number of credit hours
for that course.

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Contact Information
Department Chairs:
Elaine Zweig, Ph.D.
SCC - D111
972.881.5967

Amy Greene
CPC - B229
972.548.6609

Kim P. Nyman
PRC - LH171
972.377.1578


Academic Advisor:
Caryn Hawkins
PRC - F133
972.377.1655