Arts, Communication Option, AA
Associate of Arts, Communication Option (202001AA)
Dr. Katie Cerrone
The Associate of Arts degree cultivates in students the habit of life-long learning through a diverse curriculum and teaches students to think critically and creatively about their perceptions of ideas, events and people. This degree is designed to position the student for successful employment, career advancement or more focused study in Communication at the baccalaureate level.
There are many careers a student can pursue with an Associate of Arts degree. For additional information please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov or visit the Career Center at the Student Union, room 211.
Bachelor Degree Program
Students earning an Associate of Arts - Communication Option can “step up” to the Bachelor of Arts in Communication or many other degrees offered at The University of Akron. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss all the options.
Transfer to the College of Applied Science and Technology
To be admitted to the College of Applied Science and Technology, a student must have a GPA of 2.0. A student can complete the transfer process through an appointment with an Academic Advisor in the college in which they reside.
The following information has official approval of the Department of Applied General and Technical Studies and The College of Applied Science and Technology, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor. Transfer students should consult their Advisor to identify courses that are equivalent.
|2040:240||Human Relations 4||3|
|7600:101||Introduction to Communication 8||3|
|Introduction to Public Speaking 2 |
or Effective Oral Communication
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Technical Mathematics II |
and Technical Mathematics III 1
|Mathematics for Modern Technology 1|
|2020:222||Technical Report Writing||3|
|2040:241 ||Technology & Human Values 4 |
or American Urban Society
or Contemporary Global Issues
or Survey of Basic Economics
|2040:244 ||Death & Dying 1,3 |
or The Black Experience from 1619-1877
or Diversity in American Society
or The Black Experience 1877 - 1954
or The Black Experience 1954 - Present
|7600:219 ||Introduction to Public Relations |
or Interpersonal Communication
or Introduction to the Media Industries
or Theories of Rhetoric
|7600:228 ||ZTV 10 |
|Beginning Language I 3,11||4|
|Humanities in the Western Tradition from Ancient Times to 1500 3,6 |
or Humanities in the World since 1300
|Natural Science Requirement with Lab 5||4|
|Communication Electives 7||6|
|Shakespeare & His World |
or Introduction to Philosophy
|7100:210 ||Visual Arts Awareness |
or Exploring Music: Bach to Rock
or Viewing Dance
|Natural Science Requirement 5||3|
|Communication Electives 7||3|
Communication Elective Courses
|7600:384||Communication Research 8||3|
|Public Relations Electives|
|7600:209||Principles of Social Media||3|
|7600:219||Introduction to Public Relations||3|
|7600:303||Public Relations Writing||3|
|7600:309||Public Relations Publications||3|
|Media Studies Electives|
|7600:210||Multiplatform Production 8||3|
|7600:274||Introduction to the Media Industries||3|
|7600:284||Legal Issues in Media||3|
|7600:300||Newswriting Across the Media||3|
|7600:317||Topics in Media Production||3|
|7600:368||Basic Audio & Video Editing||3|
|Strategic Organizational Communication Electives|
|7600:344||Small Group Communication||3|
|7600:360||Theories of Rhetoric||3|
If you take a 3 credit mathematics course, then you must choose a Domestic Diversity course from the Ohio Transfer Module (2040:244 Death & Dying, 2040:254 The Black Experience from 1619-1877, or 2040:256 Diversity in American Society) or an additional course from the Ohio Transfer Module. If you take a 4 credit mathematics course, then you may choose any Domestic Diversity course, including 7600:325 Intercultural Communication, which also counts as a Communication Elective Course in the Communication Option.
A grade of C or better is required in order to graduate
You must complete 32 credit hours in your first year to meet the prerequisite for 3400:210 Humanities in the Western Tradition from Ancient Times to 1500 and 3400:221 Humanities in the World since 1300
If you take a Social Sciences Equivalent course, it must be a course in the Ohio Transfer Module
Seven hours of science are required. A majors-track course in the natural sciences from the Ohio Transfer Module can substitute for a General Education Natural Science course
If you take an Arts or Humanities Equivalent course, it must be a course in the Ohio Transfer Module.
Communication Elective Courses (choose 3): You are allowed to take any 3 courses listed below but it is strongly recommended that you choose courses from the same area. Only 200 level courses are required to complete the degree. However, 300 level courses may be used for electives if you choose to take them.
This is a core course for a Communication Bachelor’s Degree
This degree requires that you take a minimum 36 credit hours of courses in the Ohio Transfer Module.
Students who do not wish to participate in a co-curricular activity may instead take one additional 3 credit elective from the list of Communication Elective Courses
7700:101 American Sign Language I may be taken in place of Beginning Language I.