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2019-2020 Catalog 
  
2019-2020 Catalog

Communication Studies, AA


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Award: Associate of Arts

Degree Code: CMST

Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

Cecil College’s Associate of Arts in Communication Studies provides the first two years of study towards a Bachelors in Communication Studies. This degree offers a strong foundation in communication theory and practice. Students who complete a Communication Studies degree may transfer into a Communication Studies program at a four-year institution, or they may pursue careers in business, education, law, communications, publishing, or any profession that requires communication skills.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on “Transfer Opportunities” in MyCecil under the Advising tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses


General Education Requirements


General Education Requirement Electives - Select 25 Credits


Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • ARTS/HUM - Arts and Humanities Electives (H) - 6 Credits
  • HST - History Elective (M) - 3 Credits
  • MAT - Math Elective (M) - 3 Credits
  • SCI - Science Electives(S/SL) - 7 Credits
  • SOC SCI - Social Science Electives (SS) - 6 Credits

Recommended Sequence


The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (15 Credits)


Spring I (16 Credits)


Fall II (15 Credits)


Spring II (14 Credits)


  • HUM - Humanities Elective - 3 Credits
  • SOC SCI - Social Science Elective - 3 Credits
  • SCI - Science Elective - 3 Credits
  • ELECT - Elective - 3 Credits
  • ELECT - Elective - 2 Credits

Program Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to: 

  • Apply the theories of communication to interpersonal, organizational and public communication.
  • Use their knowledge of subject position in order to communicate more effectively and negotiate difference.
  • Use critical thinking in order to structure and deliver messaging in interpersonal, organizational and public settings.
  • Show familiarity with, and be able to conduct, basic communication research.
  • Create persuasive arguments.

Career Opportunities


Business, education, law, communications, publishing, or any profession that requires communication skills.

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