Communication Degree

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Communication Department offers a variety of courses designed to meet students’ needs for graduation, transfer, and personal and professional development. Students earning the Associate of Arts degree in Communication will be able to understand and apply human communication concepts relating to presentational speaking, critical thinking, group and interpersonal relationship development, and professional growth.

Career Opportunities 

The number one skill employers seek is effective communication. Courses in communication enhance understanding and skills for transfer preparation, professional development, and personal growth. The degree and program enhances opportunities for employment and promotion in fields including education, law enforcement, law, health, management, organizational development, psychology, public service, sales, training, entertainment, and social services.


Transfer: Courses offered by the Communication Department meet a wide range of lower division transfer requirements for CSU and UC colleges. The department offers many courses designed to prepare students for transfer to a variety of disciplines including Business, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, Liberal Arts, Pre-Law, Mass Media, Management, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work.


The Los Rios Forensics team helps students improve their critical thinking and oral presentation skills. The Forensics team provides a high level of intercollegiate competition through the Forensics Laboratory course. Students who participate in this award-winning team compete in debate, public speaking, oral interpretation of literature/ drama, impromptu speaking, and reader’s theater. This program enhances the college experience and polishes the skills that employers actively request.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to: 

  • demonstrate an understanding of the history, evolution, and multidisciplinary nature of communication theories.
  • identify and differentiate amongst various perspectives across the communication discipline.
  • critically analyze evidence and reasoning to identify and provide appropriate and credible support for written and oral communication.
  • identify and demonstrate effective and appropriate written and/ or oral communication skills, both verbal and nonverbal, across diverse contexts.
  • demonstrate individual responsibility, integrity, respect, and influence to effectively and appropriately communicate with diverse audiences.
  • identify and access a variety of professional and academic opportunities related to the communication discipline.