Are you fascinated by how people interact with one another? Do you want to work in a field that impacts everyone who has ever lived in a society and everyone who ever will in the future? If so, you should consider Anne Arundel Community College’s Communications program. Our diverse and broad-based program offers a multitude of choices—interpersonal, intercultural, group, persuasion and mass communication, to name a few. You’ll become a more effective writer, speaker and thinker. You’ll develop skills that are critical for a number of career paths in areas such as the social sciences, government, politics, journalism, entertainment, education and marketing, among others. By the time you finish your degree, you’ll be well-prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university.
The English and Communications department is proud to offer the following Associate of Arts (A.A.) in this area of study. As an additional transfer option, AACC has the unique, Transfer Studies degree. Both degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.
You’ll strengthen your writing, speaking and critical thinking skills, and you can tailor your studies according to your interests in either human communication or mass communication. Human communication includes courses in speech and other types of human communication, while mass communication focuses on the media, newswriting, reporting and editing.
The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career.
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A communications degree is incredibly relevant—you can apply it to almost any professional or graduate school focus. Many of our students go on to pursue rewarding careers in social sciences, human services, government, politics, journalism, entertainment, education or marketing. And with four-year transfer agreements with dozens of colleges and universities in Maryland and beyond, a degree from AACC has never been a better investment. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.