2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Communication Studies

Degree Type: Associate in Arts
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Program Requirements

Communication Studies, AA Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

What Will I Study?

Want to have a more productive online presence?

Need to persuade your boss to give you a raise?

Having conflict in your relationship and not sure how to resolve it?

Communication is at the heart of everything we do. This program helps you get at both the why that is and the how of doing it well. This discipline dates back to the Ancient Greeks drawing upon the study of persuasion as well as some anthropology, psychology and sociology—applying those theories of human communication behavior to our personal and professional lives. Students take foundational courses in public presentation, group dynamics, interpersonal communication and communication theory. Once they have completed these core courses, students may then choose nine hours of electives suited to their own interests. Additional coursework includes social media and digital communication, intercultural communication, organizational communication, communication ethics, and leadership, just to name a few.

Why Choose This Major?

A LinkedIn report covered by MarketWatch sought to determine the majors that help graduates secure the widest variety of jobs. Communication was ranked in the top ten of most versatile majors. Surveys of employers continually reveal that among the most desirable qualities of a job applicant are communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse population. The Communication program provides its graduates with a solid foundation in communication, which will enhance their marketability in today's competitive workplace.

What are Communication Graduates Doing Now?

Communication graduates with an AA degree work in human relations, communication planning and digital communication strategizing among others. The Associate Degree in Communication Studies is also excellent for working professionals, adult learners, and other students who want specific, accelerated training in communication.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Kristi Scholten

Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 119
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-3675

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Applied Speech Program

Intro to Communication Study
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
Small Group Decision Making
Theories Human Communication
Program Electives
To reach a minimum of 60 credit hours required.