Communication Studies

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts degree in Communication with a speech concentration is a focused program of study, which provides a strong foundation in undergraduate interpersonal interaction, group communication, argument and debate, as well as in public speaking skills. Classes prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions and entry into careers in which effective communication skills are important, such as teaching, public relations, business, mass communication, and law.  Some variation in requirements may exist at particular four-year college or universities; therefore, it is essential that students also refer to the catalog of the prospective transfer institution and consult an academic adviser.

Program courses listed on the degree plan should be taken in the suggested sequence in order to build the  knowledge and skill-base necessary to maximize student learning outcomes in each particular course.


Field of Study - 18 Credit Hours
SPCH 1315Public Speaking3
SPCH 1318Interpersonal Communications3
SPCH 1321Business and Professional Communication3
SPCH 2333Discussion and Small Group Communication3
SPCH 2335Argumentation and Debate3
SPCH 2389Academic Cooperative3
STC Core Curriculum - 42 Credit Hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum 1,242
Creative Arts Elective
Recommended Courses:
Digital Art I
Photography I (Fine Arts Emphasis)
Introduction to Cinema
Core Component Area Option
Introduction to Speech Communication 3
Total Credit Hours60

In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum. These courses must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill field of study requirements.


Students who select a 3 credit hour Mathematics course to fulfill the Mathematics component of the Curriculum must take 4 credit hours to complete the Component Area Option for the Core Curriculum.


Speech Communication majors must take SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication to fulfill the Component Area Option of the core curriculum.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3
HIST 1301 United States History I 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications 1 3
HIST 1302 United States History II 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Mathematics Elective - Core Curriculum 3-4
Elementary Statistical Methods (Recommended)  
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 1 3
SPCH 2333 Discussion and Small Group Communication 1 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Digital Art I (Recommended)  
Photography I (Fine Arts Emphasis) (Recommended)  
Introduction to Cinema (Recommended)  
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 1 3
SPCH 2335 Argumentation and Debate 1 3
SPCH 2389 Academic Cooperative 1 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum (if required) 1
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

Field of Study Courses