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Liberal Arts: Communication Studies Specialization, A.A.

Associate of Arts
Northern Virginia Community College

This program is designed for students who wish to study speech communication at the college level or who wish to transfer to a four-year institution for a baccalaureate degree.


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Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Web Page
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Delivery Mode
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Delivery Mode
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Delivery Mode
Hybrid
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Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me?
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Northern Virginia Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses?
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Program Successes & Highlights
What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion Students who have graduated with at least an associate or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education are considered to have fulfilled NOVA's SDV requirement. Any other course transfers are evaluated based on the student's transcript, https://www.nvcc.edu/cro/transfercredit/index.html

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning NOVA strives to provide students with opportunities to receive credit for prior learning while still maintaining the integrity of our academic programs. Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional. ways; https://www.nvcc.edu/prior-learning/
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Northern Virginia Community College
College Level Information
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Transfer Center
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Transfer Admission Application
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Transfer Student Aid
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Number of Transfer Students
43891
College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? Our classes feature up-to-date technology and course content to prepare you for a competitive job market; We also offer courses that will transfer to colleges all over Virginia and the nation. In fact, NOVA has guaranteed admission agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities for students who meet specific requirements.
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined by first semester of program placement.
First Year Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined by first semester of program placement.
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions https://www.nvcc.edu/gaa/
Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Science - General Studies (Professional Communication)AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Roanoke CollegeBachelor of Arts in Communication StudiesBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Mass Communications - General Broadcast ConcentrationBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Randolph CollegeBachelor of Arts in Media and CultureBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Science, Major in Media Arts and DesignBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Arts, Major in Media Arts and DesignBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Arts, Major in Communication StudiesBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Science, Major in Communication StudiesBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Arts in English, Major in CommunicationBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal Arts - American Sign Language/Deaf Studies SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal Arts - Teacher Preparation SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Arts Degree in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Arts Degree in Fine ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Arts Degree in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Richard Bland CollegeAssociate of ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal Arts/MusicAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal Arts/Theatre PerformanceAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Arts - Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Major in Elementary EducationBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
25-1122.00Communications Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
27-3043.05Poets, Lyricists and Creative WritersCreate original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occ
11-2032.00Public Relations ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client.Management Occupations
27-3043.00Writers and AuthorsOriginate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occ
27-3041.00EditorsPlan, coordinate, revise, or edit written material. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication.Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occ
27-3023.00News Analysts, Reporters, and JournalistsNarrate or write news stories, reviews, or commentary for print, broadcast, or other communications media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television. May collect and analyze information through interview, investigation, or observation.Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occ
27-3011.00Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc JockeysSpeak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio, television, or other communications media. May play and queue music, announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occ
27-3031.00Public Relations SpecialistsPromote or create an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media. May specialize in using social media.Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occ
25-1199.00Postsecondary Teachers, All OtherAll postsecondary teachers not listed separately.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
11-3121.00Human Resources ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.Management Occupations
11-3131.00Training and Development ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate the training and development activities and staff of an organization.Management Occupations
13-1151.00Training and Development SpecialistsDesign or conduct work-related training and development programs to improve individual skills or organizational performance. May analyze organizational training needs or evaluate training effectiveness.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
27-3099.00Media and Communication Workers, All OtherAll media and communication workers not listed separately.Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occ
13-1131.00FundraisersOrganize activities to raise funds or otherwise solicit and gather monetary donations or other gifts for an organization. May design and produce promotional materials. May also raise awareness of the organization's work, goals, and financial needs.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
11-2033.00Fundraising ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.Management Occupations