Code: F_AA_AA_COMD

Campus: Boulder County Campus, Larimer Campus, Westminster Campus, and Online Learning

Communication Associate of Arts

My Academic Plans (MAPs) are designed by faculty to better guide you in retention and completion. It is highly encouraged that you complete courses in the recommended order provided below in the notes section. You should work with an academic advisor to adjust your plan based on your scheduling needs.

My Academic Plan

Program Mission & Description

Are you interested in studying Communication (COM) at Front Range Community College? Our major (also called a degree with designation) is versatile and in demand. According to the National Communication Association’s annual report (2017) oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills regularly rank in the top five qualities sought after by employers. Many students majoring in Communication are able to use their Associate of Arts degree immediately upon graduation, often in service to non-profit agencies or as entrepreneurs; others transfer to a university in order to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, Journalism, Mass Communication, Public Relations, Human Relations (HR), Marketing, Advertising, Law, Education, and many other programs.
Students in this program will:  

Public Speaking: Learn how to give effective presentations across contexts and will build skills in anxiety management, audience analysis, research, citing sources, methods of organization, outlining, visual aid design, nonverbal delivery, and impromptu speaking

Interpersonal: Explore the impact of emotional intelligence, listening skills, perception, conflict management, media, why language matters, and common nonverbal behaviors

Intrapersonal: Reflect on methods of improving self-talk and increasing self-awareness in order to learn how to competently communicate with the self, engage a growth mindset, set goals, accomplish life objectives, and plan for the future

Group: Reduce “grouphate” by shining light on the most common reasons group dysfunction occurs, as well as providing tools in the areas of leadership, decision-making, cohesion, and empowerment

Intercultural: Study the significance of communication and diversity within and across co-cultures (i.e. age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.) in multicultural societies to increase intercultural communication competence

Organizational: Combine theory and practice in the areas of résumé writing, interviewing, conflict in the workplace, organizational structure, and knowing when and how to leave an institution

… and much more! Even if you aren’t interested in majoring in Communication, our classes provide valuable knowledge and experiences that complement any certificate or program of study. Communication skills are both marketable and necessary in today’s world, and successful demonstration of these abilities will set you apart from the crowd. If you have any questions, please reach out to an Advisor or Communication Faculty Member. We’re excited to partner with you!

Learn more about gainful employment

Career Opportunities

A degree in Communication opens the door to careers in:

- Education
- Communication Director
- Mass Communication
- Journalism
- Non-Profit work
- Consulting
- Training & Development
- Public Relations
- Human Relations
- Marketing
- Advertising
- Law

AA in Communication

First Semester

Courses should be completed in the order listed below. If you are unable to complete the entire semester list, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows.

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 115Public Speaking

3

ENG 121English Composition I

3

GT- AHArts & Humanities (GT-AH): ___________

3

ELC- LSTApproved Elective List: __________

3

GT- MA1Mathematics (GT-MA1): ___________

3-4

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

Courses should be completed in the order listed below. If you are unable to complete the entire semester list, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows.

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 125Interpersonal Communication

3

ENG 122English Composition II

3

GT- SSSocial & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS): ___________

3

ELC- LSTApproved Elective List: __________

3

GT- HI1History (GT-HI1): __________

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

Courses should be completed in the order listed below. If you are unable to complete the entire semester list, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows.

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 220Intercultural Communication

3

COM- REQCommunication Elective: __________

3

GT- SC1Natural & Physical Sciences (GT-SC1): ___________

4-5

GT- AHArts & Humanities (GT-AH): ___________

3

ELC- LSTApproved Elective List: __________

3

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Fourth Semester

Courses should be completed in the order listed below. If you are unable to complete the entire semester list, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. You must complete 60 earn your Associate of Arts degree.  You should not exceed 62 credits. You may want to check with your advisor to monitor your completion progress.

Course NumberTitleCredits
GT- SC1/2Natural & Physical Sciences (GT-SC1 or GT-SC2): ___________

3-4

COM- REQCommunication Elective: __________

3

GT- HI1History (GT-HI1): __________

3

GT- SSSocial & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS): ___________

3

ELC- LS1Approved Elective List: __________

1-2

Total Credit Hours:14

Total Credit Hours: 60-62