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Communication Studies

Communication studies is an academic discipline that deals with processes of human communication. The discipline includes verbal and written communication, and encompasses a range of topics, from face-to-face conversation to mass media outlets such as television broadcasting.​

Career Options

Career options​ for students who get a degree in communication studies include: journalist, public relations specialist, speech writer, event planner, social media manager, human resources specialist, business reporter, broadcast engineer, video/audio producer, and radio/podcast host.​

​​Student Voice

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Adriel Chavez-Sherman Adriel Chavez-Sherman

Adriel Chavez-Sherman graduated from Norco College in 2017 with four different associate’s degrees in Communications, Math and Science, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Studies. In 2011 she applied for two associate’s degrees but was missing two classes required for graduation. At this point, however, she decided to focus on joining the workforce and didn’t complete her degrees. It wasn’t until five years later, in 2016, that Adriel decided it was time to finally complete the associate’s degrees she had attempted several years before. After meeting with a counselor from Norco College, she realized she had enough units to graduate with not just two, but four degrees, as long as she completed the required classes in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Adriel was the Commencement Student Speaker for 2017. She hopes to parlay the different educational backgrounds she’s gained from Norco College towards a future career in her field of study.

Academic Programs in Communication Studies​

The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.

​School Trailhead for Arts & Humanities
Suggested Initial Coursework​​
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Communication, Media and Languages​ - CSU Pathway

Communication Studies for Transfer (ADT)​ - Pathways for Transfer to a CSU or UC School

Additional Resources

​​What can I do with this major? (Communication Studies)
​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
​​​​​Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system

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