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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Studies Transfer Pathway, AA

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Total Credits: 60

Major Number: 5903
CIP Code: 24.0101

Program Description

The Communication Studies Transfer Pathway AA degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Communication Studies bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

Minnesota State universities include:  Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Program Prerequisites


Special Instructions

Students planning to transfer to a university outside of the Minnesota State system are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution as early as possible to determine transferability of the courses in this Transfer Pathway degree.

Program Requirements

MnTC/General Education Requirements

Goal 1: Communication

Total Credits: 19

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Fulfilled when all MnTC goals for this degree are complete.

Goal 3: Natural Sciences

Minimum of 7 credits. Two courses from two different disciplines with at least one traditional lab course.

Total Credits: 7

Goal 4: Math/Logical Reasoning

Minimum of 3 credits. Courses must be numbered between MATH 1025  and MATH 1082 , or PHIL 1041 

Total Credits: 3

Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences

Minimum of 9 credits. Three courses from three different disciplines.

Total Credits: 9

Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts

Minimum of 9 credits. Three courses, at least ONE of which must be a literature course, from three different disciplines.

Total Credits: 9

Goals 7-10: Theme Goals

Three credits in each of four Goal areas selected from Goals 7, 8, 9 and 10 are required.  Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goals 7-10. One course may fulfill a maximum of two Goals. Credits count only once.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

Goal 8: Global Perspectives

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Goal 10: People and the Environment

Total Credits: 47

MnTC Elective Requirements


Additional Elective Requirements

Total Credits: 9

Additional Requirements

Physical Education/Health
Select 2 credits in PE/HLTH. At least one of which must be an activity course in PE.

  • PE Activity Course (any course PE 1004-PE 2098) Credits: 1
  • PE/HLTH Physical Education/Health (any course PE 1004-PE 2098; HLTH 1001-HLTH 1075 if needed)

Total Credits: 2

Student Success

Total Credits: 2

Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note


Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

This transfer pathway degree is designed to transfer to the following Minnesota State university designated baccalaureate degree majors. This information is subject to change. Refer to the Century College program webpage, transfer university websites, and Transferology for current information. Contact your Century academic advisor/counselor for more details and assistance.

Bemidji State University:

Does not currently offer a baccalaureate degree in Communication Studies

Metropolitan State University:

  • Professional Communication, BS

Minnesota State University, Mankato:

  • Communication Studies, BS

Minnesota State University, Moorhead:

  • Communication Studies, BA

Southwest Minnesota State University:

  • Communication Studies, BA
  • Communication Studies, BA (Public Relations Emphasis)

St. Cloud State University:

  • Communication Studies, BA
  • Communication Studies Interdeparmental, BS
  • Communication Studies Supplementary, BA

Winona State University:

  • Communication Studies, BA (General Leadership and Advocacy, Organizational)

*There are additional communication-related programs for which this pathway is not designed.  If students are interested in a major not listed above, they are encouraged to contact the University directly to discuss transferring to that program.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  1. Utilize appropriate research strategies to discover and ethically integrate supporting materials from diverse sources and points of view.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to listen, analyze, and provide feedback on public discourse.
  3. Analyze the role of verbal and nonverbal communication in various interpersonal episodes and diverse contexts.
  4. Develop skill sets in managing active listening, perception, disclosure, and conflict.
  5. Develop skill sets in applying principles and practices of small group communication.
  6. Manage the interpersonal dynamics of small group communication.
  7. Explore how cultural identity shapes, and is shaped by, communication.
  8. Compare/contrast patterns of thought, value, belief, and behavior (verbal and nonverbal) exhibited in different cultures.

Program Contact Information

John Wendt 651.779.3230 Room 1101 West
Amanda Olson 651.779.3939 Room 1109 West

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Total Credits: 15

Semester 3

Total Credits: 15

Semester 4

Total Credits: 15


This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu

Century College is a member of the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. This document can be available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 651.779.3354 or 1.800.228.1978 x 3354.

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