Speech and Communication Studies Degrees and Certificates

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If you are interested in learning more about these certificates or the Transfer AA Degree in Communication Studies, please contact:

  • Brenda Ahntholz, Room 2305, Building 2, third floor, Fremont campus (510) 979-7934
  • Teresa Massimo, Room NC2114, second floor, Wing 1, Newark campus, (510) 742-2382
  • Larissa Favela, Room 2314, Building 2, third floor, Fremont campus, (510) 659-6226

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

Communication Studies for Transfer A.A. Degree (AA-T) (PDF) - The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degrees

  • Speech and Communication Studies A.A.Degree (PDF) - Designed to provide students with fundamental understanding of the principles of speech communication as well as experience in the application of these principles. 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, and law.
  • Liberal Arts: Speech and Communication Emphasis A.A. Degree (PDF) - Designed to help students to communicate with diverse audiences in multiple contexts; describe and analyze the symbolic nature of communication and how it creates individual, group, and cultural reality; identify, evaluate, and utilize evidence to support claims used in presentations and arguments; and demonstrate through performance and analysis the importance of both verbal and nonverbal communication. Classes prepare students for entry into careers in which effective communication skills are important, such as education, public relations, and law.

The Associate's Degree in Speech and Communication Studies is designed to provide students with fundamental understanding of the principles of speech communication as well as experience in the application of these principles.

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, and law. This program fulfills typical lower-division requirements at four-year institutions. Some variation in requirements may exist at a particular four-year college or university; therefore, it is essential that students also refer to the catalog of the prospective transfer institution and consult a counselor.

Certificates of Accomplishment

To qualify for a Speech & Communication Studies Certificate, students must earn a “B” grade or better in each of the required courses, and all courses must be taken at Ohlone College. Completed courses can be applied to multiple certificates. To apply for certificates, please complete the Application for Speech & Communication Studies Certificate (PDF). Application deadline for Fall semester is January 1 and the Spring semester is June 1 and must be turned in to Brenda Ahntholz’ mailbox in the Mail Room in Building 1, second floor, Fremont campus.

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and/or have questions answered.

Apply for a Degree or Certificates

Are you finishing your associate degree or certificate? Please review How to Apply for a Degree or Certificate.

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