Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

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If you are a person with multiple interests and diverse talents then Communication may be the major for you! The program of study provides rhetorical and social scientific theory, tools and techniques for analyzing, managing and improving communication in every arena of professional and personal interaction. Topics within the discipline may include public speaking, interpersonal and group communication, intercultural and organizational communication. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree with designation in Communication includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year college/university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Communication. With a degree in Communication, you have employment opportunity in a variety of fields including: public relations, political science, advertising, social services, journalism, education, film production and criticism, radio/television, event planning, sales, grant or technical writing, customer service, corporate communication, employee training, personal management, entertainment, social media, education and foreign relations.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Three(3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 120

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

COM 220

Intercultural Communication: SS3


  • GT - One GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences course (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1, SC2). One of these courses must have the required laboratory (SC1).

Additional Required Courses

Eighteen (18) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

COM 115

Public Speaking


COM 125

Interpersonal Communication


COM 217

Group Communication


One (1) COM course


Two (2) gtPathways courses from History (HI1) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (SS1, SS2, SS3)



Eleven (11) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Please note: Additional COM courses beyond the 4 courses (12 credit hours) identified above in the Additional Required Courses section may not count toward the Communication major at the receiving four-year institution.

Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the Communication Department website at