Liberal Arts: Communication Studies Specialization, A.A.

Associate of Arts
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, NOVA Online, Woodbridge

This program is designed for students who wish to study speech communication at the college level or who wish to transfer to a four-year institution for a baccalaureate degree.

Transfer Information

Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1 101 World Language or ASL or General Education Elective 3 - 4
2 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
3MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total 13-14
2nd Semester
4CST Elective 3
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
1 102 World Language or ASL or General Education Elective 3 - 4
3MTH 245 Statistics I 3
5 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 15-16
3rd Semester
4CST Elective 3
6ENG 200 Level Literature Elective 3
1 201 World Language or ASL 3
7HIS Elective 3
8 Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab 4
Total 16
4th Semester
Choose One
CST 126 Interpersonal Communication 3
CST 201 Introduction to Communication Theory and Research
1 202 World Language ASL 3
7HIS Elective 3
8 Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab 4
5 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Arts = 60-62
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
World Language or ASL or General Education Elective
1
101
3 - 4
2
3
3MTH
154
3
SDV
100
1
Total 13-14
2nd Semester
Elective
4CST
3
ENG
112
3
World Language or ASL or General Education Elective
1
102
3 - 4
3MTH
245
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
5
3
Total 15-16
3rd Semester
Elective
4CST
3
Level Literature Elective
6ENG
200
3
World Language or ASL
1
201
3
Elective
7HIS
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab
8
4
Total 16
4th Semester
Choose One
CST
126
3
Introduction to Communication Theory and Research
CST
201
World Language ASL
1
202
3
Elective
7HIS
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab
8
4
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
5
3
Total 16
Total credits for the Associate of Arts = 60-62

Placement testing determines initial foreign language level. Students who place directly into intermediate level foreign language or ASL may take any General Education course to meet the required number of credits. Waivers or credit by exam for previous experience is available for some languages. See the 'World Language Credit and Waiver' section of the [Credit for Prior Learning Manual]. Students must take sufficient General Education Elective courses so that they can apply at least 60 credits toward the Liberal Arts degree.

2 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

3 May substitute any higher-level mathematics course. See transfer requirements. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 262 and MTH 264.

4 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, or CST 229.

5 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

6 Any 200-level literature course with an ENG prefix satisfies this requirement.

7 See HIS courses listed under social/behavioral sciences under General Education Electives. A second HIS elective is not required if selected World Languages total more than 15 credits.

8 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121-ENV 122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

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