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
Choose One
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
CST 110 Introduction to Communication
Choose One
101  World Language or ASL 3 - 4
1 General Education Elective
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total 13-14
2nd Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
Choose One
102  World Language or ASL 3 - 4
1 General Education Elective
Choose One
2MTH 245 Statistics I 3
3 Transfer Elective
4 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Total 15-16
3rd Semester
6CST Elective 3
7ENG 2__  Literature Elective 3
8HIS Elective 3
Choose One
201  World Language or ASL 3 - 4
General Education Elective
9 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
Total 16-17
4th Semester
6CST Elective 3
Choose One
202  World Language or ASL 3 - 4
General Education Elective
8HIS Elective 3
HUM 298 Seminar and Project Liberal Arts 1
Choose One
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
10 General Education Elective
5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Total 16-18
Total credits for the Associate of Arts = 60-62
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
Choose One
CST
100
3
CST
110
Choose One
101  World Language or ASL
3 - 4
General Education Elective
1
MTH
154
3
SDV
100
1
Total 13-14
2nd Semester
ENG
112
3
Choose One
102  World Language or ASL
3 - 4
General Education Elective
1
Choose One
2MTH
245
3
Transfer Elective
3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
4
3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
5
3
Total 15-16
3rd Semester
Elective
6CST
3
2__  Literature Elective
7ENG
3
Elective
8HIS
3
Choose One
201  World Language or ASL
3 - 4
General Education Elective
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
9
4
Total 16-17
4th Semester
Elective
6CST
3
Choose One
202  World Language or ASL
3 - 4
General Education Elective
Elective
8HIS
3
Seminar and Project Liberal Arts
HUM
298
1
Choose One
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
4
General Education Elective
10
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
5
3
Total 16-18
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 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.

Select any course listed under General Education Electives or any course from footnote #6. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

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.

5 See social/behavioral science 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.

Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 114, CST 115, CST 126, CST 201, CST 227, or CST 229.

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

8 Select any HIS course listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution. A second HIS elective is not required if selected World Languages total more than 15 credits.

See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

10 Select any course listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

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