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Guided Pathways

Guided Pathways

Communication Emphasis, AA A8982

Program: A8982
Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.
Suggested Sequence of CourseworkIndicates Courses Offered Online
Fall Semester (Year 1)
Course Prefix Title Units
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4.0
AA/S MATH Meet AA/AS Math Comptcy Req 5.0
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4.0
SPCH 2 (or) Survey Comm Studies
Total:   13.0
Winter Semester (Year 1)
Course Prefix Title Units
AA/S ARTS Area C-1 Arts Course 3.0
Total:   3.0
Spring Semester (Year 1)
Course Prefix Title Units
SPCH 26 Interpersonal Comm. 3.0
AA/S BEHAV Area D-2 Elective Course 3.0
A/AS MATH Meet AA/AS Math Comptcy Req 5.0
AA/S KINES Phys Ed (KIN) Activity Course 1.0
Total:   12.0
11 units Communications Electives
Summer Semester (Year 1)
Course Prefix Title Units
AA/S LIFE Area E Lifelong Undrstg Course 3.0
Total:   3.0
Fall Semester (Year 2)
Course Prefix Title Units
AA/S USHIS Area D-1 Hist/Pol Sc Course 3.0
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 11.0
SPCH 2 (or) Survey Comm Studies
SPCH 3 (or) Voice and Diction
SPCH 4 (or) Performance of Literature
SPCH 6 (or) Group Comm
SPCH 7 (or) Intercultural Comm
SPCH 8 Professional Speaking 0.0
SPCH 15 (or) Forensics: Fundamentals
SPCH 16 (or) Forensics: IE Team
SPCH 17 (or) Forensics: Debate Team
SPCH 18 (or) Forensics: RT Team
SPCH 20 (or) Argumentation and Debate
SPCH 30 Intro Comm Theory 0.0
SPCH 99 (or) Special Project in Speech
JOUR 100 (or) Intro to Mass Media
JOUR 101 (or) Beg Wrt & Rpt Mass Media
JOUR 102 (or) Int Wrt & Rpt Mass Media
JOUR 111 (or) Broadcast Newswriting
PHOT 10 Digital/Film Photography 0.0
R-TV 01 (or) Intro to Electronic Media
R-TV 11A (or) Beg Radio Production
R-TV 19A (or) Begin Video Production
R-TV 99 (or) Special Proj Broadcasting
Total:   14.0
11 units Communications Electives
Winter Semester (Year 2)
Course Prefix Title Units
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3.0
Total:   3.0
Spring Semester (Year 2)
Course Prefix Title Units
AA/S SCNCE Area B-1 or B-2 Science Course 3.0
AA/S HUM Area C-2 Humanities Course 3.0
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3.0
Total:   9.0
Communication Emphasis, AA A8982 Electives-Degree Applicable units Submit petition to Admissions & Records to meet 60 units graduation requirements
Program Notes

Degree requirements include reading competency. This requirement is met by attaining eligibility for READ 100 or by completing READ 90.  Complete the online Assessment Questionnaire (AQ) at   

Required Courses (7 units):

SPCH 1A Public Speaking (Required)
    or SPCH 2 Fundamentals of Communication
SPCH 26 Interpersonal Communication

Choose 11 units from the following:
SPCH 1A Public Speaking
SPCH 2 Fundamentals of Communication
SPCH 3 Voice and Diction
SPCH 4 Performance of Literature
SPCH 6 Group Communication
SPCH 7 Intercultural Communication
SPCH 8 Professional and Organizational Speaking
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
SPCH 30 Introduction to Communication Theory
SPCH 99 Special Projects in Speech
JOUR 100 Introduction to Mass Media
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


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