Associate of Arts Degree

Center for Arts & Humanities

Communication Designation

Are you a people-person? Are you interested in the way communication shapes our personal, professional and public experiences? The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree with a designation in communication may be for you! This degree is designed for you to graduate and transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in communication.

This two-year degree allows you to get a head-start on studying your area of interest while completing the rest of the general education requirements for an A.A. You’ll improve your communication skills by engaging in courses that focus on presentational speaking, interpersonal relations, small group interaction and intercultural exchange. As a graduate of this program, you can complete your bachelor’s degree within two additional years, which would qualify you to work in a variety of sectors. Communication graduates are employed in a range of fields, including public relations, corporate communication, advertising, marketing, business, non-profit, social services, media, journalism, politics, education and more.


Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
COM 115 Public Speaking 1 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 1,2 3
MAT 120 Math for Liberal Arts: GT-MA1 1,3 4
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 3
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Art History Ancient to Medieval: GT-AH1  
Art History Renaissance to Modern: GT-AH1  
Art History 1900 to Present: GT-AH1  
Music Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Theatre Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~Gt-AH4) 3
Introduction to Film Art: GT-AH2  
World Mythology: GT-AH2  
Introduction to Literature I: GT-AH2  
Intro to Philosophy: GT-AH3  
World Religions-West: GT-AH3  
World Religions-East: GT-AH3  
Second Semester
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 2 3
COM 125 Interpersonal Communication 3
Choose One Social & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS1~GT-SS3) 3
Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Criminal Justice: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Mass Media: GT-SS3  
General Psychology I: GT-SS3  
Human Sexuality: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3  
Choose One History Course (GT-HI1) 3
U.S. History to Reconstruction: GT-HI1  
U.S. History Since the Civil War: GT-HI1  
Colorado History: GT-HI1  
History of American West: GT-HI1  
US History Since 1945: GT-HI1  
US Foreign Relations History: GT-HI1  
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1) 4
Biological Anthropology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Science of Biology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physical Geography - Weather and Climate with Lab: GT-SC1  
Conceptual Physics with Lab: GT-SC1  
Integrated Science II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Third Semester
COM 220 Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3 3
Choose One History Course (GT-HI1) 3
Western Civilization: Antiquity-1650: GT-HI1  
Western Civilization: 1650-Present: GT-HI1  
The World: Antiquity-1500: GT-HI1  
The World: 1500-Present: GT-HI1  
20th Century World History: GT-HI1  
The Middle Ages: GT-HI1  
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1 or GT-SC2) 3
Astronomy of Ancient Cultures: GT-SC2  
Principles of Animal Biology: GT-SC2  
Introduction to Human Disease: GT-SC2  
Geology of National Parks GT-SC2  
Choose One Elective 5
American Sign Language I  
Chinese Language I  
French Language I  
Spanish Language I  
Fourth Semester
COM 217 Group Communication 3
Choose One Communication Course 3
Communication in Healthcare  
Gender Communication  
Advanced Public Speaking  
Organizational Communication  
Choose One History or Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (GT-HI1, GT-SS1~GT-SS3) 3
Principles of Macroeconomics: GT-SS1  
Principles of Microeconomics: GT-SS1  
World Regional Geography: GT-SS2  
Intro to Political Science: GT-SS1  
American Government: GT-SS1  
Introduction to Women`s Studies: GT-SS3  
Choose One Elective 5
American Sign Language II  
Chinese Language II  
French Language II  
Spanish Language II  
 Total Credits60

 Building Block Course


Students can take ENG 122 and an additional GT-CO3 course instead of ENG 121 and ENG 122.


 Guaranteed Transfer Math Course (GT-MA1); MAT 120 recommended.


NOTE: Additional COM courses beyond the four courses (12 credit hours) identified above in the additional required courses section may not count toward the communication major at the receiving four-year institution.