Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Communication Arts, A.A. - Communication Studies Option

Effective: Fall, 2016

The Communication Arts major at Delaware County Community College blends the theoretical with the practical by providing students with a foundation in the study of human communication that prepares them to continue academic study in the field.  In particular, students select specialized programs and related electives by choosing one of three degree program options:  Communication Studies, Journalism, or Theatre.  When selecting a Communication Arts program option, including courses and electives, the student should consult four-year transfer institution requirements.

The Communication Studies option is designed for students who wish to continue academic study in human communication including, but not limited to, interpersonal, intercultural, public speaking, and media studies.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Apply basic theories and principles of human communication.
  • Construct messages that demonstrate use of critical thinking and organization skills.
  • Identify, evaluate, and apply ethical principles as a communicator.
  • Demonstrate and adapt appropriate forms of verbal, nonverbal, and mediated expression.


Program Options


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First Semester (15 credits)

ENG 100 - English Composition I3
COMM 100 - Interpersonal Communication3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
DPR 100 - Introduction to Information Technology3
DPR 101 - Introduction to Computer Science3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
HIS 110 - American History I3
HIS 120 - American History II3
HIS 150 - World Civilizations I3
HIS 160 - World Civilizations II3
Humanities Elective (foreign language recommended) (3 credits)

Second Semester (16-17 credits)

ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
COMM 104 - Introduction to Mass Communication3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
MAT 120 - Modern College Mathematics3
MAT 121 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
MAT 151 - College Algebra4
MAT 152 - Precalculus4
MAT 160 - Calculus I4
Any transferable Scientific Inquiry designated science course (4 credits)
Humanities Elective (foreign language recommended) (3 credits)

Third Semester (15-16 credits)

COMM 111 - Public Speaking3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
COMM 102 - Communication Across Cultures3
COMM 105 - Small Group Communication3
Humanities Elective (3 credits)
Any PSY or SOC course (3 credits)
Science or Mathematics Elective (3-4 credits)

Fourth Semester (15 credits)

Program Electives (6 credits)
Social Science Elective (3 credits)
Humanities Elective (3 credits)
Open Elective (3 credits)

Program Option Electives: COMM 102, COMM 105, COMM 115, COMM 200, HUM 141, HUM 142, BUS 230, BUS 231



Total Credits: 61-63