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Communication Concentration

Associate of Arts

In an old love duet, a couple comes close to breaking up because of tiny differences in how they communicate: “You say tomato, I say to-mah-to . . .” (Spoiler alert: They vow to stay together.). The lyric humorously illustrates how subtle distinctions in communication can have a potentially big impact.

Or, for a more serious example, Google “Peloton wife.”

Pima’s Communication pathway is designed to teach aspiring communicators – in marketing, social media, corporate offices, and in the public sector – the importance of knowing and respecting their audiences. You will learn why cultural awareness and sensitivity is a necessity in crafting effective communications. Also, you’ll learn how to effectively speak to individuals and to groups, be they 10 or 100 people.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


West Campus

Contact Information

Division of Communication
Dean: 520.206.7045
Lead Faculty: 520.206.6830
Program Advisor: 520.206.5251
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Academic Options

Transfer to a university to complete a bachelor's degree in communication


After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree, seek entry-level positions in public relations, marketing, advertising, social media, business and corporate communication firms, as well as in cultural anthropology, social linguistics, sociology and many other communication-related fields.

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. * A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
English Composition 6
Humanities and Fine Arts
  Recommend: HUM 253 or LIT 261
Biological and Physical Sciences
  Recommend: two courses from BIO 108INBIO/FSN 127INCHM 121IN or GLG 102IN
Social and Behavioral Sciences
  Recommend: PSY 101 and either POS 202  or SOC 101
Special Requirement: 
  Recommend: HUM 253 or LIT 261
Total 26

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
CMN 102 Introduction to Speech Communication [SUN# COM1100] 3
CMN 110 Public Speaking 3
CMN 130  
  or CMN 140
Small Group Communication
   Interpersonal Communication
CMN 200 Intercultural Communication 3
CMN 228 Research Methods in Communication 3
Subtotal 15

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
MAT 142
  or MAT 151**
  or higher
Topics in College Mathematics [SUN# MAT1142]
  College Algebra [SUN# MAT 1151]
MAT 167
  or PSY 230
Introductory Statistics [SUN# MAT1160]
  Psychological Measurements and Statistics
STU 100 College Success and Career Planning 1
Second Language** Completion of a language course numbered
202, fourth semester level
Subtotal 23-24
Total 63-64

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Mathematics - MAT 142, MAT 151, or higher; Other Requirements - CMN 102 and 110; Special Requirements - HUM 253 or LIT 261

** See an advisor or counselor if:

  • you are a bilingual student to discuss exceptions to this requirement or
  • if you are considering taking the CLEP test to earn language credits or
  • if the university major does not require a second language, this requirement may be waived

If this requirement is met in fewer than 16 credits, or if the language requirement is waived, additional transferable electives are necessary to meet the minimum associate degree requirement of 60 credit hours.

Program/Major Codes: AOAALA/ALA1/ALAC

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