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Contact: Danny CantrellTitle: Department ChairContact: dcantrell3@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Communication Studies, AA-T

Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Communication Studies is a broad-based discipline with foundational coursework in oral communication theory and skills development, augmented with course options that add dimension and depth to the student’s understanding of the discipline – such as interpersonal, group, organizational and intercultural communication, argumentation, journalism, forensics, and communication research methods.

The degree program requires students to critically analyze information and arguments, select and research an appropriate topic and thesis, and logically organize the supporting material into a well-crafted presentation. Students will employ appropriate verbal and nonverbal delivery skills and visual aids to present a message to an audience in a conversational and confident manner; and formulate communication solutions to problems in a range of contexts. Students will create messages appropriate for diverse audiences and listeners and develop an improved understanding of themselves as communicators.

To earn an Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer a student must complete 60 semester Units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 Units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Required Courses

AA-T/AS-T degrees are designed to facilitate transfer to four-year institutions. Mt. San Antonio College ranks in the Top 10 in transferring students to UC, CSU, and private universities. Please visit Counseling Services for information on how to transfer, workshops, activities, events, and advising.

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    • Advertising and Promotions Managers

      Advertising and Promotions Managers

      SOC Career Code: 11-2011.00

      Plan, direct, or coordinate advertising policies and programs or produce collateral materials, such as posters, contests, coupons, or give-aways, to create extra interest in the purchase of a product or service for a department, an entire organization, or on an account basis.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $140.98

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $117,512.73
      Annual Job Openings
      360

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Marketing Managers

      Marketing Managers

      SOC Career Code: 11-2021.00

      Plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm's profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm's customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $157.93

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $151,524.57
      Annual Job Openings
      4,925

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

      Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

      SOC Career Code: 11-2031.00

      Plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $134.86

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $126,401.59
      Annual Job Openings
      1,026

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

      Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

      SOC Career Code: 13-1011.00

      Represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers. May handle contract negotiation and other business matters for clients.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $95.78

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $79,337.07
      Annual Job Openings
      1,455

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

      Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 13-1161.00

      Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $68.95

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $69,989.29
      Annual Job Openings
      14,439

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Producers

      Producers

      SOC Career Code: 27-2012.01

      Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $107.11

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $90,557.34
      Annual Job Openings
      4,349

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Program Directors

      Program Directors

      SOC Career Code: 27-2012.03

      Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $107.11

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $90,557.34
      Annual Job Openings
      4,349

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Radio and Television Announcers

      Radio and Television Announcers

      SOC Career Code: 27-3011.00

      Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $103.45

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $53,203.76
      Annual Job Openings
      547

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Public Address System and Other Announcers

      Public Address System and Other Announcers

      SOC Career Code: 27-3012.00

      Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $53.68

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $55,597.49
      Annual Job Openings
      1,139

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Broadcast News Analysts

      Broadcast News Analysts

      SOC Career Code: 27-3021.00

      Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $62.43

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $50,203.64
      Annual Job Openings
      819

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Reporters and Correspondents

      Reporters and Correspondents

      SOC Career Code: 27-3022.00

      Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $62.43

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $50,203.64
      Annual Job Openings
      819

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Public Relations Specialists

      Public Relations Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 27-3031.00

      Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $64.31

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $66,224.60
      Annual Job Openings
      3,725

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Editors

      Editors

      SOC Career Code: 27-3041.00

      Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $70.29

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $61,980.53
      Annual Job Openings
      2,325

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Technical Writers

      Technical Writers

      SOC Career Code: 27-3042.00

      Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $77.18

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $89,688.37
      Annual Job Openings
      935

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Copy Writers

      Copy Writers

      SOC Career Code: 27-3043.04

      Write advertising copy for use by publication or broadcast media to promote sale of goods and services.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $97.60

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $55,534.76
      Annual Job Openings
      3,462

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

      Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

      SOC Career Code: 27-3043.05

      Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $97.60

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $55,534.76
      Annual Job Openings
      3,462

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
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  • Communication Studies, AA-T

    Humanities and Social Sciences Division
    Communication Studies is a broad-based discipline with foundational coursework in oral communication theory and skills development, augmented with course options that add dimension and depth to the student’s understanding of the discipline – such as interpersonal, group, organizational and intercultural communication, argumentation, journalism, forensics, and communication research methods.

    The degree program requires students to critically analyze information and arguments, select and research an appropriate topic and thesis, and logically organize the supporting material into a well-crafted presentation. Students will employ appropriate verbal and nonverbal delivery skills and visual aids to present a message to an audience in a conversational and confident manner; and formulate communication solutions to problems in a range of contexts. Students will create messages appropriate for diverse audiences and listeners and develop an improved understanding of themselves as communicators.

    To earn an Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer a student must complete 60 semester Units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 Units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses
    SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
    or SPCH 1AH Public Speaking - Honors
    List A
    Choose two courses from the following:6
    SPCH 6
    Group Communication
    SPCH 20
    Argumentation and Debate
    or SPCH 20H
    Argumentation and Debate - Honors
    SPCH 26
    Interpersonal Communication
    or SPCH 26H
    Interpersonal Communication - Honors
    List B
    Choose any two courses from the following not already used from from List A:6-7
    SPCH 2
    Survey of Communication Studies
    SPCH 4
    Performance of Literature
    SPCH 7
    Intercultural Communication
    or SPCH 7H
    Intercultural Communication - Honors
    Limit of three units from:
    JOUR 100
    Introduction to Mass Communications
    SPCH 15
    Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate
    or SPCH 16
    Forensics: Individual Event Team
    or SPCH 17
    Forensics: Debate Team
    or SPCH 18
    Forensics: Reader's Theater Team
    List C
    Choose at least one course from the following or any one course not selected from List A or List B:3-4
    ENGL 1C
    Critical Thinking and Writing
    or ENGL 1CH
    Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
    JOUR 101
    Beginning Writing and Reporting for the Mass Media
    SPCH 3
    Voice and Diction
    SPCH 8
    Professional and Organizational Speaking
    SPCH 30
    Introduction to Communication Theory
    Total Units for Major19-21
    CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
    Total Units60

    Communication Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

  • Communication Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Degree A8982
    An emphasis in Communication provides the student with an understanding of communication strategies, reasoning, logic, and critical analysis as it relates to human interaction within multiple cultural contexts.

    This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Required Core7
    SPCH 1A
    Public Speaking (Required course)
    or SPCH 1AH
    Public Speaking - Honors
    or SPCH 2
    Survey of Communication Studies
    SPCH 26
    Interpersonal Communication
    or SPCH 26H
    Interpersonal Communication - Honors
    Choose eleven units from the following:11
    SPCH 1A
    Public Speaking
    or SPCH 1AH
    Public Speaking - Honors
    SPCH 2
    Survey of Communication Studies
    SPCH 3
    Voice and Diction
    SPCH 4
    Performance of Literature
    SPCH 6
    Group Communication
    SPCH 7
    Intercultural Communication
    or SPCH 7H
    Intercultural Communication - Honors
    SPCH 8
    Professional and Organizational Speaking
    or SPCH 8H
    Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors
    SPCH 15
    Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate
    SPCH 16
    Forensics: Individual Event Team
    SPCH 17
    Forensics: Debate Team
    SPCH 18
    Forensics: Reader's Theater Team
    SPCH 20
    Argumentation and Debate
    or SPCH 20H
    Argumentation and Debate - Honors
    SPCH 30
    Introduction to Communication Theory
    SPCH 99
    Special Projects in Speech
    JOUR 100
    Introduction to Mass Communications
    JOUR 101
    Beginning Writing and Reporting for the Mass Media
    JOUR 102
    Intermediate Writing and Reporting for Mass Media
    JOUR 111
    Writing Broadcast and Web News
    PHOT 10
    Basic Digital and Film Photography
    R-TV 01
    Introduction to Electronic Media
    R-TV 11A
    Beginning Radio Production
    R-TV 19A
    Beginning Video Production
    R-TV 99
    Special Projects in Broadcasting and Entertainment Industry
    For Area of Emphasis
    Total Units18

    Communication Website 

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

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Department Contact

Contact: Danny CantrellTitle: Department ChairContact: dcantrell3@mtsac.edu

Office Contact

Location: Building 26D-1220APhone: (909) 274-6310