Communication Studies Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Communication Studies Focus

About The Program

The speech program provides general education courses that assist students in improving communication skills and their understanding of communication. Credit and advanced skills may also be earned by participating in LCC’s Program for intercollegiate debate competition.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Recommended Electives

CMST& 210 (was SPCH 104) Interpersonal Communication 5
CMST 250 (was SPCH 109) Intercultural Communication:DIV 5
CMST 136/7/8, 236/7/8 (was SPCH 136/7/8, 236/7/8) Intercollegiate Debate 2 ea.
CMST 126/7/8, 226/7/8 (was SPCH 126/7/8, 226/7/8) Competitive Public Speaking 2 ea.
CMST 240 (was SPCH 209) Rhetorical Criticism/Pop Culture:DIV 5
If not used for Communication requirement:    

CMST& 220 (was SPCH 110)

CMST& 230 (was SPCH 114)

Public Speaking OR

Small Group Communication


Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.  A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Express an understanding of the complexity of communication theory
  • Identify and describe factors that contribute to effective communication
  • Identify and perform skills and behaviors that make communication more effective
  • Effectively use verbal and nonverbal communication to inform and persuade to diverse audiences

Revised June 2019


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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