Communications, Associate in Arts



Program Code: 0210


This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Communications. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an AA degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

As of July 2014, World Language courses are no longer a degree requirement. In the sequence below, World Language courses are called out as suggested electives. Please talk with your College Advisor to determine the best education plan for you.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 118
General Education Math (or higher Mathematics course) 1
or Introductory Statistics
PSYCH 201 General Psychology 1 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
Fine Arts course 1 3
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Physical Sciences course 1 3
Humanities course 1 3
Elective 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
Semester 3
Life Sciences course 1 4
Pathway Elective 2 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Semester 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Fine Arts & Humanities course 1 3
Elective (HD) 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
 Total Hours62

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway Electives

ENGLISH 152Intro To Mass Communication3
SPEECH 102Public Speaking3
SPEECH 104Group Communication3
SPEECH 143Training The Speaking Voice3
SPEECH 144Oral Reading & Interpretation3
SPEECH 160Business & Professional Speech3
SPEECH 202Interpersonal Communication3
SPEECH 206Argumentation3
SPEECH 243Speech For Teachers3
World Language courses

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.