The key difference is the scope of both courses: COMM 1 focuses more exclusively on
public speaking while COMM 10 brings together concepts of public speaking, interpersonal
communication, and small group communication. You'll likely see a focused group project
and more group work in COMM 10 than COMM 1, though many of our faculty use collaborative
learning.That said, it's important to note the similarities: Both courses meet the
GE requirement for oral communication. Lastly, whether you're taking COMM 1 or COMM
10, there's still a requirement to give a minimum of 5 presentations in both courses.
You'll probably hear the question "so what can you do with that degree? Talk?" a lot
if you're a Communication Studies major! Fortunately, s an undergraduate degree, a
Communication Studies degree can prepare you for a number of career paths in areas
such as Business, Law, Medicine, Media, Public Relations, and International Relations. Below
you will find a list of some of the many position titles held by graduates with this
degree. Quite a few of these people have even spoken at our annual Career Day:
Employers frequently cite communication skills among their top desired skills in
new candidates. Our certificate provides a way to prove this by showing you are proficient
in areas of verbal communication (COMM 1, 10, & 8), interpersonal skills (COMM 10),
the ability to problem solve in teams (COMM 15), and can work with a diverse population
(COMM 7). Our certificate is a great way to prove these skills without having to commit
to an AA. It's only 20 units, and nearly all of our classes satisfy a GE requirement!But
just don't take our word for it: The National Association of Colleges and Employers
frequently cites the importance of communication skills in their jobs outlook.
The specialty area is a requirement of the Communication Studies A.A. which asks students
to create a “focus” consisting of 12 units in non-Speech classes. For example, a student
interested in business might create a Business Communication specialty area made up
of two business classes and one psychology class. This specialty area allows students
to apply their communication knowledge to other academic areas they find interesting.
Most Communication Studies classes are offered as Honors (designated with an H).
Students enrolled in an Honors course participate alongside the regular section of
the course (so COMM1 and COMM1H students are in the same class, for example), but
complete an additional, higher-level project to communicate a higher level of achievement.Completing
an honors course allows the designation to show up on your transcript, which may be
beneficial in transferring. You must be part of the Honors Program to enroll in honors
courses, which you can find out more about here.
The A.A. is the better option if you're transferring to a UC or out of state school,
plan to take a break between De Anza and your 4-year institution, or if you're planning
on picking a different major from Communication Studies for your B.A. or B.S. degree. If
you are certain you want to continue on as a Communication Studies major, are positive
you want to attend a CSU, and want a more streamlined process for transfer, then the
A.A.T. is likely the better choice.