English (Communication Studies Option) AA


What is the program about?

The English Associate of Arts – Communication Studies Option is an Associate in the Arts program intended for students who wish to transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in Communication Studies and related fields in four-year colleges and universities, or who will seek employment upon earning their associate degree. Classes of study include Communication Theory, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Introduction to Mass Media.


What is Communication?

Communication as a discipline “focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, and is the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry.” (natcom.org) 


What careers can a Communication degree student pursue?

A degree in Communication prepares students for careers in many diverse fields, which include the following:

  • Community Affairs
  • Corporate Communication
  • Entertainment/ News Media
  • Health Care
  • Human Resource Management
  • Journalism
  • Media Analysis
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations

In sum, Communication degree holders are not limited in their career paths but have opportunities to work in “the private, government, and nonprofit sectors.“ (https://www.natcom.org)


What skills will I learn as a Communication student?

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to do the following:

  1. Communicate effectively in multiples modes as appropriate to audience and purpose.
  2. Communicate effectively in a variety of dynamics from interpersonal to large group settings (i.e. public speaking).
  3. Apply theories of communication to various situations, including interpersonal, intercultural, and mass communication.
  4. Apply ethical reasoning and critical thinking when evaluating current cases and trends in the industry.
  5. Evaluate current practices and new media trends for relevance.


Career options with median hourly wages within a five-mile radius of Hudson County.



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Contact Information

Gilda Reyes
Coordinator of Modern Languages, Speech, and Communication Studies Option Program

Alison Wakefield, Ed.D.
Interim Associate Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences Division