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The Gavilan College Communication Studies program now offers its extensive Associate of Arts Degree in Communication Studies with a guaranteed transfer to the CSU system, a new category of degree programs. Students wishing to transfer from a community college to a California State University will have an option that makes the process a lot simpler, and can save students both time and money. One of the first of the new Gavilan College associates's degrees is the Communications Studies AA-T. Employers and universities have expressed the necessity for workers and students to be able to communicate with diverse groups of people. We listened and have broadened our focus to offer this degree to meet the expressed needs of students and employers. Ultimately, the Associate of Arts Transfer Degree in Communication Studies will provide students with a foundation of skills in the art of communication in various contexts, including interpersonal, intercultural, small group, and in public settings. This well-rounded degree will groom graduates for transfer to universities, to better serve employers, and to help build stronger communities.


  • CMUN 1A Introduction to Public Speaking (3 units)

    LIST A – Any 2 (6 units)
  • CMUN 5: Fundamentals of Communication (3 units)
  • CUMN 8: Interpersonal Communication (3 units)
  • CMUN 10: Small Group Communication (3 units)

    LIST B – Any 2 (6 units)
  • Any List A course not used above (3 units)
  • CMUN 2: Oral Reading (3 units)
  • CMUN 4: Intercultural Communication (3 units)
  • SOC 10: Mass Media and Society (3 units)
  • Any course that has articulation as lower division major preparation for the communication studies major at a CSU (3 units)

    LIST C – Any 1 (3 units)
  • Any List A or B course not used above (3 units)
  • PSYC 1A: Introduction to Psychology (3 units)
  • ANTH 3: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 units)
  • SOC 1A: Introduction to Sociology (3 units)
  • ENGL 1B: Composition and Literature OR (3 units)
  • ENGL 1C: Critical Reasoning and Writing (3 units)

    Total Units for Major: 18 units

    Upon completion of this degree, students will be guaranteed admission to a California State University (CSU) campus. This newly established degree is designed for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. (Students intending to transfer to a specific CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.) This new degree, along with others, were created in response to a 2010 statewide initiative, Senate Bill 1440, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act. Prior to the creation of SB 1440 transfer pathway, many students found that they were being required to repeat courses they had completed at the community college at the university to which they transferred. The new transfer pathway will make it easier for students to plan their education, avoid duplication, and achieve their goals in a shorter period of time.

    Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the A.A.-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated "high-unit" major). Students planning to complete the Communication Studies A.A.-T degree will be required to:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable units at Gavilan College.
  • Double counting courses in GE and the major permissible
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. (While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Students should consult with a counselor for more information.)
  • Complete a minimum of 18 semester units in the Communication Studies "A.A.-T" major as detailed ibelow. Each course in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better (or a "P" if the course is taken on a "pass-no pass" basis).
  • Be certified as having completed the California State University-General Education- Breadth pattern (CSU- GE Breadth) ; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • Students should note that no more than 60 units are required for this degree and that no additional requirements will be imposed by Gavilan College. (However, no remedial or non-collegiate level course work will be counted in the total units for this degree.)

    Students considering a transfer degree should meet with a counselor to create an Educational Plan in the fall. To make an appointment, call (408) 848-4723. New students must submit an application, take an assessment test , and complete orientation prior to a counseling appointment. Application and registration information is available at y.html" -->