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:
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.
Potential Career Options
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