Jul 23, 2024  
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication, A.A.

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Associate of Arts Degree in Communication

Students who intend to complete an Associate of Arts Degree in Communication and transfer to a four-year institution should consult with an Indian Hills Academic Advisor and the four-year institution to determine any additional requirements at the four-year institution. 

The Communication Transfer Major provides a foundation for students interested in the Communication Studies. Graduates of the Communication Transfer Major will receive an Associate of Arts Degree in Communication. This degree provides an excellent foundation for students interested in transferring to a four-year college to earn a baccalaureate degree with a major in communication or a related field. The curriculum focuses on oral and written communication, interpersonal communication, group communication, cultural communication, mass & digital media, social media, and professional communication.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the broad nature of the communication discipline.
  2. Become informed, responsible, creative and critical communicators.
  3. Explain communication theories, principles, perspectives, and concepts.
  4. Create messages appropriate to the audience, message and context.
  5. Critically analyze messages, including one’s own messages.
  6. Demonstrate professional communication.
  7. Analyze the diverse nature of communication in cultural and global communities.

Career Possibilities

The Associate of Arts Degree in Communication Transfer Major graduate has two major options:

  1. After transferring to a four-year program and completing a bachelor’s degree, employment can be found in a variety of communication careers including all levels of education, electronic & digital media, health communication, international & intercultural communication, legal communication, mass communication & media literacy, organizational communication, public relations, public address & speech writing, political communication, performance studies, small group communication, or visual communication.
  2. Complete an advanced degree and develop a career in higher education along with those listed above.

Preparation for IHCC

Students considering a degree in Communication should take four years of high school English, including a speech or communication class.  They should also take any courses that require critical reading, computer literacy, and provide opportunities for writing, no matter what field. Beneficial courses may include: literature, creative writing, journalism, psychology, business, drama, art, or media.

Since IHCC’s program involves a variety of introductory level courses in communication, speech, media, interpersonal communication, and professional communication, previous experience is not a requirement. Applicants are required to complete a basic skills evaluation during the admissions process or during the first week of classes for placement purposes.

Recommended Courses

Students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the Communication program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements.

  • The listed course sequence is provided as a guide only. The term when courses are offered is subject to change during the school year. 
Program Total: 64 Credits

Term I

Total: 12 Credits

Term II

Total: 12 Credits

Term III

Total: 12 Credits

Term IV

Total: 11 Credits

Term V

  • Core Elective-Credits: 3.00
  • Math/Science Elective- Credits: 2.00
  • Social Science Elective- Credits: 3.00

Total: 8 Credits

Term VI

Total: 9 Credits

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