The Associate of Science in Communication degree program focuses on the basic communication skills highly sought after in relationships, business, and industry. Individuals who communicate well, adapt to social and economic change, function as
team players, analyze issues, and solve problems are vital in today’s workforce. This program helps develop these qualities and lays the groundwork for further study toward a baccalaureate degree.

The Associate of Science in Communication degree requires completion of twenty (20) courses for sixty (60) credits. The same course may not be used to fulfill multiple requirements in general education or major areas of this degree program.

Program Objectives

  • Apply the major theories of communication.
  • Develop an understanding of the quantitative and qualitative research methods in the field of communication.
  • Through degree completion, demonstrate the depth of knowledge sought by employers for entry-level positions in the communication field.
  • Prepare for continued study in the field of communication.

The Associate of Science in Communication consists of 20 courses:

General Education

English Composition and Oral Communication 2 Courses 6 Credits
Mathematics & Statistics 1 Course 3 Credits
Natural Sciences 1 Course 3 Credits
Critical Reasoning 1 Course 3 Credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 Courses 9 Credits
Humanities 2 Courses 6 Credits
Major Electives 6 Courses 18 Credits
General Electives 4 Courses 12 Credits


General Education Requirements:

The general education component is designed to emphasize cognitive development and is “general” in the following ways:

  • It is not directly related to students’ formal technical, vocational, or professional preparation.
  • It is a part of every student’s course of study, regardless of his/her area of emphasis.
  • It is intended to impart common knowledge, intellectual concepts, and attitudes that provide a foundation upon which students can build a rewarding educational experience.

Through NCU’s general education courses, students will acquire the breadth of knowledge characteristic of a liberal arts education.

A.S. in Communication Major Electives Six Courses (18 Credits)

The major electives are designed to develop experience in the discipline and may be met by approved transfer credit courses or by the recommended NCU courses.

General Electives Four Courses (12 Credits)

In order to develop additional depth and breadth in their major, students are encouraged to take intermediate or advanced courses in discipline-related areas. General elective courses may be met by approved transfer credit courses or by the recommended NCU courses and may not duplicate courses that meet any other curriculum requirement.

A.S. in Communication Recommended Degree Plan

Associate of Science in Communication

Term Course No. Course Name Credits
1 FN101 Academic Strategies 3
CS110 Introduction to Computers 3
PF102 Professionalism 3
MA125 College Algebra 3
2 CM220 Presentation Skills 3
EN111 Composition I 3
CM101 Principles of Human Communication 3
GS150 General Biology 3
3 PY141 General Psychology 3
HI171 Western Civilization I 3
CM280 Introduction to Film 3
PF280 Diversity and Inclusion 3
4 SO241 General Sociology 3
BA271 Macroeconomics 3
EN221 American Literature I 3
BA272 Microeconomics 3
5 CM365 Developing Critical Thinking Skills 3
CM301 Survey of Communication 3
BA375 Ethical Decision Making 3
CM458 Conflict Management 3
 Total Credits Required for Associate’s Degree: 60