Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement - AA-DTA Pathway for Communication Studies
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Are you curious about human interactions and why some are successful and supportive, and others are not? Do you wonder what creates communication styles and how to communicate with others different from you? Does improving your communication skills in relationships and in your future careers appeal to you? If so, then SCC's Communication Studies program may be for you.
Each and every CMST class emphasizes competence, which is communication strategies that are both appropriate and effective. Our classes include the study of communication involved in interpersonal relationships, small groups, public speaking, conflict management, leadership, public relations, workplaces, and with people from other cultures and genders.
This two-year program prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a major or minor in communication studies or enter the workplace with effective and marketable communication skills.
As communication is everywhere, this field of study is relevant in all situations and relationships. Many graduates from this 2-year program, or 4-year degree go on to work in management, human resources, broadcast announcers, human resources, marketing, and sales to name a few. With a focus on communication studies, you will be equipped to competently communicate in order to support, educate, and lead others in your future.
AA-DTA Program Learning Outcomes
Communication Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Create, organize, present, and adapt effective verbal and nonverbal messages to diverse audiences in diverse contexts
2. Explain the active listening process and the skills necessary to understand verbal and nonverbal information
3. Demonstrate the ability to critically think: summarize, interpret, and evaluate written discourse
4. Write clear, well-focused and well-organized papers using documentation
5. Select and integrate textual evidence within academic essays
6. Create expository essays using traditional academic forms and standards
7. Appropriately use college-level language skills, i.e., grammar and punctuation
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Recognize a problem and identify the information required to solve it
2. Develop and apply appropriate algebraic models (e.g. numerical, graphical and symbolic) to obtain a solution to the problem
3. Explain the process of reasoning used to arrive at the solution
Humanities Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate, in writing or verbally, awareness that different contexts and/or world views produce different human creations
2. Identify and explain diverse cultural customs, beliefs, traditions, and lifestyles
3. Identify ideologies, practices and contributions that persons of diverse backgrounds bring to our multicultural world
4. Use evidence or sound reasoning to justify a position
Social Sciences Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Describe the methods used for conducting research within the various disciplines of the social sciences
2. Evaluate the credibility of information regarding topics within the social sciences and differentiate between information derived from empirical sources and information derived from opinion, folklore, and/or emotions
3. Identify the impact of social, cultural, historical, political, geographical, and/or religious factors on behavior
4. Express increased engagement and confidence in the ability to apply course material for the purpose of improving self, relationships, community, society, and/or the world
Math and Science Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Select, use, or develop an appropriate model including numerical, graphical, or symbolic representations
2. Use evidence or sound reasoning to justify a position or draw conclusions using appropriate terminology and symbolism
3. Demonstrate laboratory skills including making qualitative and quantitative observations about natural systems
4. Ascertain and critically evaluate the interrelationships within complex systems
Health Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Our students will be able to develop an appreciation of physical activity as a lifelong pursuit and means to better health.
2. Our students will be able to recognize the physical and mental benefits of increased activity.
3. Our students will be able to examine the effects of nutrition, rest and other lifestyle factors that contribute to better health.
4. Our students will be able to demonstrate motor skill performance of various physical activities.
5. Our students will be able to define the various health components of fitness and determine the lifestyle factors for development of physical fitness and training strategies.
6. Our students will be able to identify common health and fitness myths and trends involved with the evolving nature of physical education.
7. Our students will be able to utilize physical activity as a tool to manage stress.
Associate in Arts (AA) is the community college degree designed to transfer to most bachelor's of arts degrees at all public and many private Washington four-year institutions. A candidate for the AA-DTA degree must complete 90 quarter credits in academic courses numbered 100 and above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and meet specific distribution requirements.
Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH& 107, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 48 → MATH 87 → MATH 88 → MATH& 107
English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101 → ENGL& 102
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Associate in Arts
Total Program Credits: 93
I am an adjunct instructor in the Communication Studies Department at Spokane Community College teaching primarily Introduction to Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Relations and Social Media. I also have experience teaching courses in Speech Communication and Interviewing as well as teaching and tutoring Language Arts in Adult Basic Education. I have been teaching at SCC since 2018, but have actually served community colleges for much longer. My community college degree not only started me on my educational path, but I spent 17 years working in strategic communications/public relations/marketing. I have spent my entire career in the field of communication – as a student, instructor, and professional – so I understand the powerful impact of effective communication skills in our lives, both personally and professionally. There is no greater honor than to play a role in teaching and supporting students as they change their lives through education.
Background: A.A. and A.S. in Journalism from North Idaho College; B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations from Eastern Washington University; M.S. in Adult/Organizational Learning and Leadership from University of Idaho; GCert. in Communication Education Minnesota State University, Mankato; M.S. in Communication Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato; Cert. in Women in Leadership from Cornell University; GCert. in Human Resource Development from the University of Idaho.
I have been an instructor at Spokane Community College since 2011, and I thoroughly enjoy every minute of it. My goal is to support students from all backgrounds by using effective teaching practices and participating in campus activities that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. I am passionate about student-centered learning and student success. Some of my favorite courses to teach include intercultural communication, public speaking, interpersonal communication, introduction to communication, and leadership development.
Background: A.A. from Spokane Falls Community College; B.A. in Criminal Justice from Eastern Washington University; M.S. in Communication Studies from Eastern Washington University.
When I began the teaching journey in 1996, I had NO CLUE just how life-changing the study and practice of effective communication could be, for both my students and for me. I am continually inspired by my students’ commitment and bravery to look within themselves, to make a plan for improvement, and to develop their skills. The classes I’m drawn to teach have a mix of theory, critical thinking, and skill development - including intercultural, gender, leadership, and public speaking.
Background: BA in speech communication from the University of Washington. MA in communication studies from the University of Montana, Missoula.
I have taught at Sacramento State University, Whitworth College, UC Santa Barbara, Yuba College, Cosumnes River College, San Joaquin Delta College, and Gonzaga University. I started at SCC in 1996 and in addition to teaching courses in communication studies, I am the advisor for the "Sasquatch Times," SCC's student-run campus newspaper. I worked for the CA State Assembly for 13 years as well as Public Anthropological Services, a cultural resources management group. I also worked for several years in broadcasting, most recently at KHYL FM 101, Sacramento, CA. Faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honors club.
Background: BA in communication studies, rhetoric, and journalism from California State University, Sacramento. MA in communication studies, CSUS with additional graduate studies at University of California at Santa Barbara
I began my teaching vocation in 1983 in elementary education and have continued teaching since 1988 at SCC. I am a dedicated teacher of Interpersonal Communication and Intercultural Communication and have co-authored an intercultural experiential book which is used in the classroom as well as consulting in the business community. I am the faculty advisor for the human rights club (SAL) at SCC.
Background: MA in speech communication, with additional work in the doctoral program at the University of Oregon
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