Areas of Interest

Communication Studies



About the Communication Studies Program

Master the Art of Persuasion with a Career in Communication Studies

Communication and media studies is an extremely versatile field with many career applications. Courses combine theory and practice, encouraging students to apply classroom concepts to real-world contexts. This far-reaching program prepares you for entry-level roles, including marketing manager, editor, copywriter, advertising and promotions coordinator, PR specialist, market research analyst, reporter, correspondent, and more.

From the outset, our program addresses communication theory while helping you build strong oral communication skills. Study the dynamics, nuances, and cultural differences in communication between individuals in society, as well as among various groups. Understand global communication trends and how they impact consumer purchase decisions. You will also present your ideas and arguments in a variety of contexts, in preparation for personal presentations, upper-division coursework, and workplace settings.

With on-campus and online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Arts for Transfer - Communication Studies

18 units + General Education Requirements

Students pursuing the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer will demonstrate, through written and oral academic work, knowledge of communication principles, concepts, and theories, and be prepared to pursue further study In communication studies or a similar major at the baccalaureate level at the California State University.

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Advertising and Promotional Managers Bachelor Degree $99,899
Marketing Managers Bachelor Degree $135,470
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers Bachelor Degree $98,560
Technical Directors/Managers Bachelor Degree $116,896
Agents / Business Managers of Artists, Performers, Athletes Bachelor Degree $63,874
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists Bachelor Degree $62,205
Producers Bachelor Degree $98,560
Program Directors Bachelor Degree $98,560
Radio and Television Announcers Bachelor Degree $46,331
Public Address System and Other Announcers High School Diploma or More $37,785
Broadcast News Analysts Bachelor Degree $59,470
Reporters and Correspondents Bachelor Degree $42,887
Public Relations Specialists Bachelor Degree $62,713
Editors Bachelor Degree $58,202 
Producers Bachelor Degree $73,774  
Copy Writers Bachelor Degree $51,484
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers Bachelor Degree $51,484