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The Communication Studies program focus on how people use messages and symbols to generate meaning, critique, and relate to one another across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. Providing inquiry into performances of the self and our communities, attending to issues of power and diversity and producing works of journalism, media, and performance toward social justice; communication and journalism are diverse disciplines that serve as the basis for an ever-expanding understanding of how we all communicate and share those understandings.

Students may transfer as Communication Studies OR Journalism majors to the university level and/or use their education as introductory training for careers in social science, media, journalism, broadcasting, public information, media research, public opinion analysis, government staff positions, and multimedia designer.

Communication Studies for Transfer

AA-T Degree

Communication Studies is a broadly based discipline that includes public speaking, mass and mediated communication, journalism, interpersonal, intercultural, and group communication. The degree program allows students to critically analyze information and arguments, evaluate and create effective oral and written messages, write and deliver effective presentations, and formulate communication solutions to problems in professional and personal contexts. This degree program will prepare students to transfer as Communication Studies majors to the university level as well as use their education as an introduction to careers in fields such as journalism, public relations, fundraising, law, broadcasting, mediation, human resources, customer relations, business management, and education. The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Journalism for Transfer

AA-T Degree

The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer (AA-T) degree program provides students with a strong foundation in Journalism by engaging, researching, and producing works in a variety of accepted media, journalistic (AP) and performance-based styles. The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communication with a Journalism or Media Studies concentration, or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing within the CSU system. Students are also given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Communication Studies: General Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree (Formerly Communication Studies - Oral Concentration)

The A.A./A.S. degree in Communication Studies - General Concentration requires 27-28 units in the major. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and complete one of the following three general education patterns: Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements; California State University General Education Breadth pattern; or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Communication Studies: Mass Communications/Multimedia Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree (Formerly Communication Studies - Multimedia Concentration) 

The A.A./A.S. degree in Communication Studies, Mass Communication/Multimedia Concentration requires 27-29 units in the major. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and complete one of the following three general education patterns: Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements; California State University General Education Breadth pattern; or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Communication Studies: Graphic Design Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree

The A.A./A.S. degree in Communication Studies - Graphic Design Concentration requires 26-27 units in the major. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and complete one of the following three general education patterns: Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements; California State University General Education Breadth pattern; or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Perform in relation to individuals and audiences in a variety of communication contexts
  • Recognize and engage culture, power, and the diversity of human experience in communication
  • Critique symbolic and relational communicative processes through face-to-face and digital interaction
  • Produce works of media and performance toward social justice

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Alicia Andersen Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

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Daniel DeVere Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

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Scott Kirchner Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

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Donna Knifong Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

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Ryan Lingsweiler Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

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Leslie Luck Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

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Jessica Mougeotte Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

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Carol-Lynn Perez Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

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Sharon Peterson Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

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Matthew Gottschalk Part-time Instructor, AAD, Communication Studies

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Joan Merriam Part-time Instructor, Communication Studies

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Rebecca Cobain Part-time Instructor, Tahoe/Truckee Campus, Communication Studies

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