The Communication Studies program leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. The program gives students a concentration in the field of communication studies with a liberal arts foundation. The program is primarily intended for students seeking transfer to a four-year institution, although some graduates may plan on immediately entering the work force as communications professionals.
Surveys of employers conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the federal report, 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs, both stress the importance of interpersonal and professional communication competence as critical to success in virtually all fields.
The program is open to interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must complete satisfactorily the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.
A minimum of 61 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) are required for graduation.
* For appropriate transfer credit, math courses should be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Second math course recommended for transfer. Students who are FNMT 118-ready who wish to transfer to Temple University should take FNMT 118 in the first semester and MATH 161 in the third semester.
** General electives and directed electives should be chosen in consultation with an advisor based on student's academic and career goals, as well as specific requirements of transfer institutions. Students planning to transfer should strongly consider taking a Math class above FNMT 118 as a general elective.
All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.