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Associate of Arts - Concentration

Learn about best practices for communicating effectively across multimodal channels and settings; develop global, historical and cultural awareness of the major principles of communication; develop cultural diversity consciousness and communication competence in interactions with culturally dissimilar people.

Program/Major Codes: AOAALA/ALA1/ALAC

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

What can I do with this concentration?

Career Options:  Seek entry-level positions in public relations, marketing, advertising, social media, business and corporate communication firms, as well as in cultural anthropology, social linguistics, sociology and many other communication-related fields.

Academic Options: Transfer to a university degree program in Communication

Program Requirements 2018-2019

Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. * A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

English Composition 6
Subtotal 6

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
CMN 102 Introduction to Speech Communication
[SUN# COM1100]
CMN 110 Public Speaking 3
CMN 130  
  or CMN 140
Small Group Communication
   Interpersonal Communication
CMN 200 Intercultural Communication 3
CMN 228 Research Methods in Communication 3
Subtotal 15

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
ART 100
  or MUS 160  
  or THE 105
Basic Design
  Popular Music in America
  Theater Appreciation
HUM 253 
  or LIT 261
Western Humanities III
  Modern Literature
MAT 151** College Algebra [SUN# MAT 1151] 4
MAT 167 Introductory Statistics [SUN# MAT1160] 3
STU 100 College Success and Career Planning 1
Select two courses from the following list
  or BIO/FSN 127IN
  or CHM 121IN
  or GLG 102IN
Plants, People and Society
  Human Nutrition
  Chemistry and Society
  Introductory Geology II:  Historical Geology
Select two courses from the following list
POS 202  
  or PSY 101
  or SOC 101
Introduction to International Relations 
[SUN# POS1120]
  Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY1101]
  Introduction to Sociology [SUN# SOC1101]
Second Language*** Completion of a language course numbered
202, fourth semester level
Subtotal 44
Total 65

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Humanities and Fine Arts - ART 100, MUS 160 or THE 105 and either HUM 253 or LIT 261; Biological and Physical Sciences - Two courses from the BIO 108IN, BIO/FSN 127IN, CHM 121IN or GLG 102IN; Mathematics - MAT 151; Social and Behavioral Sciences - Two courses from POS 202, PSY 101 or SOC 101; Other Requirements - CMN 102 and 110; Special Requirements - HUM 253 or LIT 261

** MAT 151 may be replaced by any transferable course if 1) student tests above MAT 151 or 2) student earns a grade C or better in a College MAT course numbered higher than 151.

*** See an advisor or counselor if:

  • you are a bilingual student to discuss exceptions to this requirement or
  • if you are considering taking the CLEP test to earn language credits or
  • if the university major does not require a second language, this requirement may be waived

If this requirement is met in fewer than 16 credits, or if the language requirement is waived, additional transferable electives are necessary to meet the minimum associate degree requirement of 60 credit hours.