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Title Communication Studies Transfer Pathway 
Department Communication 

Program Course Requirements (Sample Full-Time Pathway)

Semester one (14-16 credits)

COMM 1420 Interpersonal Communication OR COMM 1422* Honors Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1), 3 cr
ENGL 1410 Composition I OR ENGL 1420* Honors Composition I (Goal 1), 4 cr
Goal 4 course, 3-4 cr
Student Success Course (any CCST course), 1 cr
Goal 6** course, 3-4 credits

Semester Two (13-16 credits)
COMM 1430 Public Speaking (Goals 1,2), 3 cr
ENGL 1411* Composition II (Goal 1) OR ENGL 1421* Honors Composition II (Goals 1,9), 4 cr
Goal 3** course (Goals 3,10), 3-5 cr
Goal 5** course, 3-4 credits

Semester Three (14-18 credits)
COMM 2424 small Group Communication (Goal 1), 3 cr
Fitness for Life (HLTH or PHED course), 2-3 cr
Goal 3** w/lab course (Goals 3,10), 3-5 cr
Goal 5** course, 3-4 cr
Goal 6** course, 3-4 credits

Semester Four (15 credits)
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication OR COMM 2422* Honors Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7), 3 cr
Goal 5** course, 3-4 credits
Goal 6** course, 3-4 credits
Electives or Goal 7**, 8** or 9** courses, 6 cr

*Denotes Prerequisites
**Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goal 7-10. Credits count only once. Students are advised to select MnTC courses with multiple goal assignments whenever

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Program Information: Communication Studies explores how we can best send and receive messages within individual relationships, in small and large groups and within and across cultures, whether in person or through various media. Students will gain skills based in research in the areas of speaking, listening, presenting, cultural differences, and conflict management that will help them thrive as competent communicators in their personal and professional relationships.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the various models of communication and how they are applicable to everyday life;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how context can impact communication in relationships, public speaking, or cross-cultural interactions;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the critical role of culture and diversity in communication, and demonstrate intercultural competency within and across cultures;
  • Develop skills to effectively structure, organize, support, and deliver a message in various contexts; and
  • Practice the skills necessary to develop and maintain healthy relationships in all walks of life. 

Special Program Requirements:

  • These requirements apply to new students, and students who have been absent from this college one academic year or longer.
  • At least one semester before you plan to graduate, complete an Application to Graduate.
  • Student must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in each of the four required (12 credits) Communications courses.
  • A total of 60 college level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are required for an Associate of Arts Degree.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses is required to complete the MnTC.
  • 15 credits must be earned at Central Lakes College to be eligible for an Associate of Arts Degree.
  • Classes may meet requirements for more than one goal area, but credit will not be awarded for any course twice.

Transfer Opportunities: The Communication Studies Transfer Pathway [AA] 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. Universities within the Minnesota State system participating in the Communication Studies Transfer Pathway include: • Metropolitan State University - BS • Minnesota State University, Mankato – BS • Minnesota State University, Moorhead – BA • Southwest State University, BA • St. Cloud State University – BA/BS • Winona State University - BA