Associate of Arts Degree

Center for Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences

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 3
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 1 3
MAT 120 Math for Liberal Arts: GT-MA1 2 4
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1~GT-AH4) 3
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Art History Renaissance to Modern: GT-AH1  
Communication and Popular Culture: GT-AH1  
Creative Writing I GT-AH1  
Music Appreciation: GT-AH1  
Theatre Appreciation: GT-AH1  
JOU 105 Introduction to Mass Media: GT-SS3 3
Second Semester
COM 125 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 1 3
Choose One Social & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS1~GT-SS3) 3
Cultural Anthropology: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Criminal Justice: GT-SS3  
Intro to Political Science: GT-SS1  
General Psychology I: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Women`s Studies: GT-SS3  
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  
Choose One Elective Course 3
Media News and Reporting  
New Media  
Third Semester
COM 220 Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3 3
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  
Ethics: GT-AH3  
Comparative Religions: GT-AH3  
Choose One History Course (GT-HI1) 3
Western Civilization: 1650-Present: GT-HI1  
The World: 1500-Present: GT-HI1  
History of Latin America: GT-HI1  
20th Century World History: GT-HI1  
History of Islamic Civilization: GT-HI1  
African American History: 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 3
Media News and Reporting  
New Media  
Fourth Semester
COM 217 Group Communication 3
Choose One Communication Course 3
Career Communication  
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
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  
American Government: GT-SS1  
JOU 231 Introduction to Public Relations 4
 Total Credits60

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. 

NOTE: The faculty at Community College of Denver have chosen course elective options for this program of study based on the skills students will need to be successful in this discipline. However, for a complete list of available course options, please go to the Colorado Department of Higher Education Transfer Degree Agreement for this program.