Arts, Communication Option, AA

Associate of Arts, Communication Option (202001AA)

Contact Information

Dr. Katie Cerrone
Program Coordinator
Leigh Hall 412

Program Information

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.

Career Information

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 or visit the UA Career Center.

Bachelor Degree Program

Students earning an Associate of Arts - Communication Option can “step up” to the Bachelor of Arts in Communication or other degrees offered at The University of Akron. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss all the options.

The following information has official approval of the The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, 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. 

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
2020:121 English 3
7750:230 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  
Spring Semester
3300:222 Technical Report Writing 3
Technology & Human Values 4
or Contemporary Global Issues
Introduction to Public Relations
or Interpersonal Communication
or Introduction to the Media Industries
or Theories of Rhetoric
ZTV 10
or Forensics
or Buchtelite
Death & Dying 1,3
or Diversity in American Society
Beginning Language I 3,11 4
2nd Year
Fall Semester
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
Spring Semester
Shakespeare & His World
or Introduction to Philosophy
Visual Arts Awareness
or Exploring Music: Bach to Rock
or Viewing Dance
7600:245 Argumentation 8 3
Natural Science Requirement 5 3
Communication Electives 7 3
 Total Hours61

 Communication Elective Courses

7600:384Communication Research 83
Public Relations Electives
7600:209Principles of Social Media3
7600:219Introduction to Public Relations3
7600:303Public Relations Writing3
7600:309Public Relations Publications3
Media Studies Electives
7600:210Multiplatform Production 83
7600:274Introduction to the Media Industries3
7600:284Legal Issues in Media3
7600:300Newswriting Across the Media3
7600:317Topics in Media Production3
7600:368Basic Audio & Video Editing3
Strategic Organizational Communication Electives
7600:227Non-Verbal Communication3
7600:235Interpersonal Communication3
7600:305Communication Theory3
7600:325Intercultural Communication3
7600:344Small Group Communication3
7600:360Theories of Rhetoric3