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Communication Studies Transfer Pathway (AA) - 60 credits

WHAT EXACTLY IS COMMUNICATION?

(From National Communication Association) The discipline of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The discipline promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication. Communication is a diverse discipline, which includes inquiry by social scientists, humanists, and critical and cultural studies scholars. A body of a scholarship and theory, about all forms of human communication, is presented and explained in textbooks, electronic publications, and academic journals. These classes are the basis for an ever-expanding understanding of how we all communicate.

WHY STUDY COMMUNICATION?

Normandale Communication faculty have been recognized with national, state and college awards for their teaching excellence and come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.

Students will find small classes, accessible teachers and enriching classroom experience when they take communication courses.

The department offers a complete selection of introductory courses for students who plan to major in speech-communication or mass-communication.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A COMMUNICATION DEGREE?

The Communication Department at Normandale offers courses in public, interpersonal, and small group communication. We believe in the centrality of communication in our personal, professional and public lives.

Careers related to majors in communications include:

  • Business communication
  • Broadcasting (over the air and internet)
  • Counseling
  • Human Relations
  • International business
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Professional Writing

Careers in Communication

Types of Jobs

(iseek.org)

Fastest growing jobs for communications graduates:

  • Advertising Manager
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Broadcast News Analyst
  • Editor
  • Meeting and Event Planner
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Technical Writer

Main career areas where you can work:

  • Business
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Public relations
  • Health communications

 

Description

Communication is an ideal emphasis for students with multiple interests and diverse talents.

Even in a time of heavy technology use, recruiters still list traditional communication skills-writing, speaking, presenting, and listening- as the most important factor for hiring decisions.

These skills are the core of the communications.

 

Degrees & Certificates in Communications

The Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Communication is designed to certify that students have completed the requirements through the sophomore level for a baccalaureate degree in communication at most four-year institutions.

Additionally, the department has an agreement with Minnesota State University, Mankato, where students can get a bachelor's degree in communication, and stay on the campus of Normandale and take classes in the Partnership Center.

 

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The Communication Studies Transfer Pathway (AA) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Communication Studies bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.* The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status.  All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field. 

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Required Courses

Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below. 

Code Title Credits
COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3
COMM 1131 Intercultural Communication 3

General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)- 40 Credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2 

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE

  • Course

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

COMM 2111 and PSYC 1110 recommended

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

  • Course

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

Additional Course Requirements - 20 credits

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.