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The Communication Studies program provides an inquiry into the problems and circumstances involved with the sharing and exchange of information and ideas between and among individuals and societies. Communication Studies offers training and skills accepted as necessary for success in public and private life. A broadly based discipline, Communication Studies includes public speaking, interpersonal and group communication, broadcast communication, journalism, graphic design, photography and multimedia.

Students may transfer as Communication Studies majors to the university level and/or use their background as an introduction to such careers as journalist, broadcast journalist, public information specialist, media researcher, public opinion analyst, script writer, reporter, editor of video, film or print media, governmental staff position, graphic designer, photographer and multimedia designer.

Communication Studies for Transfer

AA-T Degree

Communication Studies is a broadly based discipline that includes public speaking, mass and mediated communication, journalism, interpersonal, intercultural and group communication. The degree program allows students to critically analyze information and arguments, evaluate and create effective oral and written messages, write and deliver effective presentations and formulate communication solutions to problems in professional and personal contexts. This degree program will prepare students to transfer as Communication Studies majors to the university level as well as use their education as an introduction to careers in fields such as journalism, public relations, fundraising, law, broadcasting, mediation, human resources, customer relations, business management and education.

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree and meeting the CSU minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to earn a bachelor’s degree. To earn the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0, including:

  • completion of the major requirements with grades of C or better; and
  • certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Journalism for Transfer

AA-T Degree

The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer (AA-T) degree program provides students with a strong foundation in Journalism by engaging, researching, and producing works in a variety of accepted media, journalistic (AP) and performance-based styles.

The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communication with a Journalism or Media Studies concentration, or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing within the CSU system. Students are also given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Communication Studies: General Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree

If you have a desire to major in communications but don't know what your concentration should be, we have an excellent option for you. Here, you will learn a broad foundation of basic communication skills from creating presentations to writing in the workplace. This is a helpful degree for anybody planning to work in a company or other organization.

Communication Studies: Graphic Design Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree

Even an artist can benefit highly from developing good communication skills. Here, you will learn all of the basics of General Communications while applying graphic design, from Web pages to digital imaging, for the workplace. There are plenty of options to choose from, including portfolio development, ensuring that you get the most out of your time here at Sierra College.

Communication Studies: Multimedia Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree

From videos to web casts, multimedia is all over the workplace today. Take General Communications courses to build communication skills with a focus in multimedia design. Apply your work with imagination, function and simplicity.

Communication Studies: Photography Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree

Mix the basics of Communications with applied photography. Learn to record information though photographs and gain useful communication skills for the workplace. This is a good choice for the aspiring photojournalist.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Perform in relation to individuals and audiences in a variety of communication contexts
  • Recognize and engage culture, power, and the diversity of human experience in communication
  • Critique symbolic and relational communicative processes through face-to-face and digital interaction
  • Produce works of media and performance toward social justice

Contact

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  • M 4A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-F: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Margaret Williams Department Chair, Instructor, Communication Studies

  • M 4 A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Alicia Andersen PT Faculty Lec Spch Debate FSc

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Aaron Bor PT Faculty Spch Debate

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Julie Bruno Instructor, Communication Studies

  • C 2B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Daniel DeVere Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Robert Finch Part-time Instructor

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Scott Kirchner Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Donna Knifong Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Uvieja Leighton Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Ryan Lingsweiler Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Robin Matthews Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Justin Norton Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Carol-Lynn Perez Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Sharon Peterson Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Jenifer Vernon Instructor, Communication Studies

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Frances Winters Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Nicholas Zoffel Instructor, Communication Studies

  • Mt 101D
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Camela Callaway-Higgins Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Joan Merriam Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Rebecca Cobain Part-time Instructor, Tahoe/Truckee Campus, Communication Studies

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