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Communication Studies

Associate in Arts Degree

The Communication Studies Department at West Valley College creates a transformative community within the classroom by encouraging students to listen intentionally, think critically, and speak passionately. This seven course curriculum bridges theoretical concepts and lived experiences, creating a personalized educational journey. The A.A. in Communications Studies is suitable for preparation for a baccalaureate in Communication Studies, Speech Communication, or Communication. Students may also be prepared for entry level positions in related occupations.

Major Core Requirements (18 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
COMM001Public Speaking3 units
COMM004Small Group Discussion3 units
COMM007Survey of Communication: Career3 units
COMM008Interpersonal Communication3 units
Only one:

Introduction to Persuasion
Honors Introduction to Persuasion

3 units
3 units
COMM012Intercultural Communication3 units
COMM020Argumentation and Debate3 units

Total Major Units: 18 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Identify and explain concepts/theories of communication.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in a variety of settings.
Last Updated 7/19/23