Communication Studies

Associate in Arts
Transfer Degree

Transfer-ready keys to success

If great communication is a gift, it is one you give yourself through study and practice. In other words, it’s a skill. You learn to be a great communicator.

Study key principles, practice with a teacher, improve, reflect and stretch your abilities. Then, put your skills to work in the world. Employers want people who can speak and write clearly.

At CLC, you develop these skills:

  • public speaking
  • organize thoughts properly
  • how to analyze and craft messages using a variety of mediums
  • interpersonal and group communications in a diverse world

What can you do with an A.A. in Communication Studies?

This degree is designed to transfer; it is the first 2 years of your 4-year degree. After you transfer, you pick your specialization:

  • Communication and Media: To work in the media as a journalist, producer or media manager
  • Strategic Communication: To work in a corporation or agency doing PR, social media, etc.
  • General: To work in non-profits doing advocacy, education and lobbying

With your bachelor’s degree, you may go to work as a:

  • Social media planner
  • Public relations specialist
  • Product marketing manager
  • Copywriter
  • News anchor
  • Meeting planner


  • 100% Online

    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

Learn how CLC helps you transfer

Start at CLC and continue with a 4-year school to earn your bachelor's degree. CLC has partnerships with many colleges and universities, covering a wide range of programs.

Our Guaranteed Transfer Partnerships (GTAs) with a select number of schools guarantee admission to students who meet specific criteria.

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Communication Studies at CLC

Get the bigger picture

An A.A. is just one possible way to study Communication Studies. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Za'Tozia Duffie

    Za’Tozia Duffie

    Transfer student

    CLC set the standard for every educational institution I attended afterwards. I don't think I would have been able to grow academically, or even personally, if it wasn't for CLC.”

    Za’Tozia studied communication at CLC. She transferred to Lake Forest College for her bachelor's degree and then to Syracuse University for graduate school.

    Read Za’Tozia's story

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