Pre-Major (Associate of Arts General Transfer)

The Communications Studies Pre-Major is designed to provide a path for GRCC students planning or considering transfer to a four-year college to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the field of communication. While some degrees are geared to lead to a very specific job, degrees in general communication are designed to prepare students for entry into a variety of careers, some more specific than others.

This Pre-Major, which will be offered beginning fall of 2017, is designed to be part of an Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) and requires a total of 60 credits, 30 of which fall under the General Education requirements. Those completing the Pre-Communication Studies Pre-Major are required to take Fundamentals of Public Speaking (COM 131) and Interpersonal Communication (COM 135), listed under Program Courses, and then 12 additional Communication Studies elective credits, listed under Program Elective Courses. Those other four classes, or 12 credits, will come from the following five classes:

  • COM 235: Gender Communication   
  • COM 236: Intercultural Communication
  • COM 250: Organizational Communication
  • JR 266/COM 266: Fundamentals of Public Relations
  • JR 254/COM 254:  Mass Media

See below for when the courses are offered. 

To finish the 60-credit degree, students would need to take an additional 12 credits from the General Elective Courses section.

For information about the Pre-Communication Studies Pre-Major, click here.

Communication Bachelor’s Degrees

Four-year colleges offer many types of Bachelor's degrees in communication studies including, but not limited to:

  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Broadcasting
  • General Communication
  • Health Communications
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mass Media
  • Organizational Communication
  • Speech Communication
  • Sports Communication

Course Offerings

  • COM 131: Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Offered fall, winter, summer semesters
  • COM 135: Interpersonal Communication - Offered fall, winter, summer semesters
  • COM 235: Gender Communication - Offered fall, winter semesters
  • COM 236: Intercultural Communication - Offered fall, winter semesters
  • COM 250: Organizational Communication - Offered winter semester only
  • JR 266/COM 266: Fundamentals of Public Relations - Offered winter semester, even numbered years only
  • JR 254/COM 254:  Mass Media - Offered winter semester, odd numbered years only

Careers in Communication 

Every career relies on effective communication skills, but there are a diverse number of professions and industries specific to students of communication studies: 

  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Speech Writer
  • Event Planner
  • Linguist
  • Diversity Consultant
  • Communication Trainer
  • Teacher
  • Media Relations
  • Sports Marketing
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Admission Specialist
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Business
  • Recruiter
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Government Communications
  • Government Press Secretary
  • Corporate Communications
  • Lobbyist
  • Customer Service and Sales
  • Office Management
  • Healthcare

Check out the National Communication Association for more information on professions and passions in the field of communications.