Communication Studies


Program Information

Career Community: Arts & Humanities
Degree Type: A.S. TTP
Program Location: Main Campus

What is Communication Studies Emphasis: University Parallel Major?


Communication provides training in communication skills for effective communication in interpersonal, business and professional settings. The university parallel program in Communication Studies is designed for individuals who intend to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program at Cleveland State and then transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the bachelor’s degree program in Communication. The curriculum includes general education and other selected courses typically required in a baccalaureate degree program in Communication.

This program was designed as a Tennessee Transfer Path to UT/TBR four-year universities in compliance with the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010. Programs with this designation are intended to provide a seamless transfer between all schools in the Tennessee Board of Regents or University of Tennessee systems. Therefore, students completing this program should expect a seamless transfer to any public university in Tennessee. The program may also transfer to private colleges.

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Program Outcomes

All students who complete a degree designated as a Tennessee Transfer Pathway will be able to do the following:

  • Communicate effectively through oral and written modes, using conventions appropriate to their audience and purpose, including critical listening, reading, and research skills.
  • Evaluate the significance of humanity’s cultural heritage and diversity and its development in a historical and/or global context through critical and analytical methodologies.
  • Connect knowledge of social and cultural institutions to issues of personal or public importance.
  • Analyze historical and contemporary issues by drawing on historical contexts.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of scientific principles and concepts.
  • Apply relevant mathematical modeling to a variety of applied or theoretical problems.
  • In addition, students who complete the Mass Communication emphasis will understand the basic factors affecting mass communication and mass media.

What Are My Options to Pay for This Degree?

Apply for financial aid at A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

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Classes You Might Take

Communication Studies A.S. TTP

  • COMM 2025 – Fundamentals of Communication (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1010 – English Composition I (3 credits)
  • GEN 1010 – First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530 – Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • History Sequence – (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal/Small Group Communication Course – (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1020 – English Composition II (3 credits)
  • Speech or Communication Electives – (4 credits)
  • History Sequence – (3 credits)
  • Humanities / Fine Arts (PHIL 1040) – (3 credits)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences – (3 credits)
  • COMM 2055 – Argumentation and Debate (3 credits)
  • Electives – (4 credits)
  • Natural Sciences (BIOL or ASTR) – (4 credits)
  • Social /Behavioral Sciences – (3 credits)
  • COMM 2075 – Organizational Communication (3 credits)
  • Elective – (1 credit)
  • Natural Sciences (BIOL or ASTR) – (4 credits)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts – (3 credits)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts (Literature) – (3 credits)

Contact Cleveland State about Arts & Humanities

Dr. Ryan Thompson, Dean of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Talk to Us: (423) 478-6229