Associate of Arts- Communication Concentration

About this Degree

The Associate of Arts in Communication is designed to be completed in two years. It aims to give students the basic communication skills needed in the communication field of employment and to pursue further study in the field of communication. The AA gives students basic skills needed in the corporate, media, and digital communication fields.   

This degree is  is beneficial to students who are pursuing a career field requiring an AA degree or desiring to work toward a four-year bachelor's degree later.

With “communication” ranking as the #1 desired skill in job applicants across all industries, effective communicators will always find somewhere they’re wanted for work. Career opportunities with an AA degree in Communication can include:

  • Communication Specialist
  • Receptionist
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Freelance Writer
  • Proofreader
  • Communication Planner
  • Social Media Communication Specialist
  • Media Planner
  • Technical Writer

Contact Information

Department Chair & Faculty Contact

Dr. Shannon VanHorn,, (701) 845-7471

Department Location

McFarland Hall 205, (701) 845-7301

Schedule your visit today!

(701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101

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English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking 1
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Mathematics in Society
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select one of the following:4
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Computer Science and Literacy
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Humanities & Fine Arts
Select a total of 6 credits from two different prefixes:6
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Requirements
Select any additional course from Mathematics, Lab Science, or Computer Science and Literacy:3
Select any additional course from the Humanities & Fine Arts or Social Science categories:3
Required Courses
COMM 200Introduction to Media Writing3
COMM 212Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 216Intercultural Communication3
COMM 311Communication and Interviewing3
COMM 312Gender Communication3
COMM 314Public Relations3
COMM 315Digital Communication3
COMM 360Group Dynamics3
Total Credits61


Total General Education 37 Hrs

Total Concentration Requirement 24 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 61 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

First Year
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 120 or 125 (Gen Ed)3
COMM 2003COMM 1103
COMM 2163COMM 2123
Social Science (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Computer Science and Literacy (Gen Ed)3Math (Gen Ed)3
 15 16
Second Year
COMM 3113COMM 3123
COMM 3153COMM 3143
COMM 3603Humanities & Fine Arts (Gen Ed)3
Humanities & Fine Arts (Gen Ed)3Additional Math, Lab Science, or Computer Science and Literacy (Gen Ed)3
Social Science (Gen Ed)3Additional Humanities & Fine Arts or Social Science (Gen Ed)3
 15 15
Total Credits 61