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Communication Studies - Associate in Arts (610)

Associate in Arts (610)

The Communication Studies program seeks to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the nature of human communication, the symbol systems by which it functions, the environments in which it occurs, its media, and its effects. This program focuses on communication interaction between individuals and the impact each has on the other.  Community college students are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts degree before transfer.

Note: Students should be computer literate. Computer skills may be acquired before or early in the college experience.

Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution's catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354
Patricia Fulfs, Associate Professor of Communication, 815/835-6224
Paul Edleman, Professor of Speech/Political Science, 815/835-6265
Noel Berkey, Assistant Professor of English, 815/835-6207

Communication Studies-IAI Recommended Curriculum

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Total Hours Required - 64 Hours

Suggested Program

First Semester - 16 Hours

  • Humanities 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Math 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • COM131 - Intro to Oral Communication ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. This course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking, and speaking. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C2 900 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • ENG101 - Composition I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    A basic course in essay writing with emphasis on exposition, ENG 101 stresses knowledge and application of the rhetorical modes. ENG 101 presupposes competence in grammar, usage, and mechanics. Prerequisite: ACT standard score in English of 22 or above; required scores on the current English placement test, or grade of C or higher in ELA 099. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C1 900 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • FYE101 - First Year Experience ( 1 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to facilitate the self-development of the student, and introduce students to the expectations of the college community. This course reviews the academic skills that promote success during their college career. Topics will include, but not limited to, identifying campus/community resources, test-taking strategies, career exploration/decision making, problem solving, literacy, and critical thinking. Students will also learn strategies for taking personal responsibility for their academic and career choices. (Students in good standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher), who have accumulated 16 semester hours or more prior to enrolling as a degree seeking student at Sauk are not required to take this class). Semester hour(s): 1 Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/week

Second Semester - 15 Hours

  • Electives 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • COM161 - Small Group Communication ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to the theory and practice of small group communication. Emphasis is placed on social norms, the nature and types of groups, and leadership development. Students are expected to demonstrate both practical and theoretical understanding of problem-solving, information-providing, decision-making, and conflict management. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): MC 902 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • ENG103 - Composition II ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An advanced course in essay writing with emphasis on formal research, ENG 103 serves to develop a proficiency in the collection and selection of data as applied to the completion of a formal research paper. In addition, students receive instruction in logic and reasoning, including the fundamentals of argumentative and persuasive writing. Prerequisite: A grade of C or higher in ENG 101 or its equivalent or consent of instructor. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C1 901R Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

Third Semester - 16-17 Hours

  • Electives 3 Semester hour(s)
  • *Electives/Foreign Language 4 Semester hour(s)
  • **Life Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • COM181 - Intro to Mass Communication ( 3 Semester Hours)

    Provides an overview of the nature, functions, and responsibilities of the mass communication industries in a global environment with an emphasis on the media's role in American society Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): MC 911 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

Fourth Semester - 16-17 Hours

  • *Electives/Foreign Language 4 Semester hour(s)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • **Physical Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)
  • COM151 - Interprsnl Communication ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to the basic theories and concepts relevant to interpersonal interaction. Emphasis is placed on the role of communication in the creation, maintenance, and termination of social, romantic, familial, and professional relationships. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): MC 901 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • COM231 - Public Speaking ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An analysis of the principles of organization, support, and presentation of public speeches. Instruction and practice in audience analysis, motivational devices, selection of supportive material and platform behavior in public address. Pre-requisite: COM 131 or consent of instructor. Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week


  • *Three to four semesters of a college level foreign language or three to four years of a high school level foreign language may be required for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • **One lab science required.