Communication Studies is the study of human communication. It includes public speaking, argumentation and persuasion, and interpersonal, intercultural, and small group communication. The importance of communication awareness, training, and skills are essential for successful and fulfilling personal, professional, and academic relationships and activities.  Communication skills, theory, and practice are useful in any career including: education, business management, communication management, journalism, law enforcement, mass media and media arts, political science, public policy and administration, social work, public relations, advertising, broadcasting, technology, and finance.

To be awarded the Associate Degree for Transfer, students must have the following:
  • Completion of 60 CSU transferable semester units.
  • A minimum of at least 2.0 GPA in CSU transferable courses (note that a higher GPA may be required in some institutions).
  • Completion of at least 18 units in the major with a grade of “C” or better. A “P” (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
  • Certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements, or completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU requirements.

Please Note: No more than 60 semester units are required for this degree and no additional requirements will be imposed by Evergreen Valley College.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Express and convey message clearly for effective oral communication.
  • Demonstrate effective listening skills to comprehend spoken messages, analyze information critically, and consider multiple perspectives.
  • Participate in the civic life of their communities through public address and civic engagement, and advocate for positive change.
  • Articulate the importance of diversity, differing belief and value systems, as well as individual opinions.
  • Apply interpersonal skills to create and maintain successful and beneficial social and civic relationships.
  • Describe communication technology and its impact on human communication practices.

Required Courses

Major Requirements

Course Title Units
Required Core  
COMS 020 Oral Communication 3
List A: Select two of the following: 6

COMS 010

Interpersonal Communication  

COMS 040

Introduction to Argumentation  

COMS 045

Small Group Communication  
List B: Select two of the following: 6

Any course from List A not already taken


COMS 018

Introduction to Communication Studies  

COMS 035

Intercultural Communication  


Mass Media and Communications  
List C: Select one of the following: 3

Any course from List A or B not already taken


ANTH 063

Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology  


English Composition  


Critical Thinking/Composition  




General Psychology  

SOC 010

Introduction to Sociology  

Total Requirements

Course Title Units
Major Requirements 18
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU 1 37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)  
Total Units 60

 Some GE courses may be double-counted within the major and will reduce the number of units.  General electives may be needed to reach 60 units. Please consult with a counselor to determine which courses are applicable.

What is a Program Map?

A program map is a suggested semester-by-semester plan to help you complete the courses required for a particular degree or certificate. It is based on the major sheet for the particular degree or certificate you are interested in. It includes courses required for the major, general education and any necessary electives. 

A program map is a representation of the major sheet. It includes the specific specialty courses in a major, general education courses and any necessary electives. 

What is a Major Sheet?

A major sheet includes a description of the program you are interested in, what you can expect to learn once you have completed the program (Program Learning Outcomes) and the specific specialty courses you will need to complete within a major.