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Major Roadmaps

Simplifying the path


Communication Studies


This Roadmap is provided as a SAMPLE GUIDE showing what a full-time student's schedule MAY look like. There is no guarantee that all classes will be offered each semester or that classes will have space available. You must meet all prerequisite requirements prior to registering for a class.

Please check the LMC Catalog and consult with an LMC Counselor. This program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a California State University and complete a Bachelor Degree in Communication Studies or Communications with an emphasis in Journalism. For students interested in obtaining an Associate Degree in Journalism, visit the Journalism Department Website and see the Journalism Roadmap for more information.


Degrees and Certificates:

Fall   Spring    
  3 unitsENGL-100*     3 unitsSPCH-120    
  3 unitsSPCH-110     3 unitsSPCH-150 or 160 or JOURN-035**    
  3 unitsSPCH-150 or 160 or JOURN-035**     3 unitsENGL-220 or 221***    
  6 unitsGE/Electives     6 unitsGE/Electives    


Fall year 2



Fall year 2

  3 unitsSPCH-130     15 unitsGE/Electives    
  12 unitsGE/Electives          

AA-T in Communication Studies - 60 Units



* Must either assess into ENGL-100 or take prerequisites before enrolling.


**Need a total of 6 units from SPCH-150, 160 or JOURN-035 (SPCH-160 is 1.5 units but may be taken twice)


*** ENGL-220 or 221 are the STRONGLY preferred courses for this major, but JOURN-010 will also be accepted. Be aware that taking JOURN-010 may cause delays in getting in to upper division classes at most CSUs.




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Communication studies program


Careers in Communications

There are many opportunities for students with a degree in Communications. For example, students interested in writing can become journalists, speech writers, grant writers, or technical writers. Other opportunities exist in public relations, marketing, advertising, training and development specialists.


Communication Jobs Salary Averages in California:

Editor: $15.45 - $46.16/hour

Reporter: $12.00 - $42.22/hour

Technical Writer: $23.35 - $61.02/hour

Public Relations Specialist: $16.89 - $57.16/hour

Training and Development Specialist: $17.11 - $50.89/hour

Advertising and Promotions Manager: $24.00 - $90.00/hour and up

Information gathered by Career One Stop (www.careerinfonet.org) which is sponsored by the Department of Labor, 2013


Associate's Degree for Transfer

The AA-T requires completion of at least 21 units of coursework listed above,as well as completion of all CSU GE (California State University, General Education) requirements with a grade of a C or better in all courses. Students will be prepared to take upper division courses their first semester after transferring. Typically, students who complete this program will be able to complete their upper division coursework in only two additional years.