May 25, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog

Pre-Communication Studies, A.A. (General Transfer)

Academic Plan Code: 523
The focus of the Communication Studies academic program is to study the ways people use messages to generate meaning in contexts as personal and professional settings as well as across cultures and in the media.
This academic program lays the foundation for students to transfer to a 4-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies.  The course provide a solid preparation for advanced study of Communication and are transferable to colleges and universities in Michigan.  A major in Communication Studies can be tailored to a student’s interests and career goals.  Colleges and Universities in Michigan offer a variety of Communication Studies majors such as Advertising and Public Relations, Interpersonal Communication, Broadcasting, Organizational Communication, Multi-Media Journalism, Film, Video and Media Studies, Human Resources Management, Health Communication and Applied Speech Communication.
Depending on the area of specialization, students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies are prepared for jobs in a variety of fields including, but not limited to customer service and sales, human resources, teaching, community outreach and advocacy, politics, business, marketing, media affairs, public relations, and broadcasting.
By declaring this Pre-Major, students are on track to graduate with both an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list. Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.

English Composition and Communications

All students must take EN 101.


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas. Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences

Select two (2) Social Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Select two (2) Natural Sciences General Education courses from two (2) different subject areas; one (1) must be a lab.


Select one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.

General Education Total Credit Hours

30 (minimum)

Program Elective Courses

Select 4 courses (12 credit hours) of Program Electives from the courses below. Courses should be selected based on the program, minor, or elective credit requirements at the 4 year institution to which you are transferring.

General Elective Courses

Select a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours to be used toward your program, minor, or elective credit requirements at the 4 year institution to which you are transferring. If you are seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree, a foreign language is often required.

Total Credit Hours



Added COM 135 as a Program Course and changed Open Electives to “varies by credit”.  Changed October 19, 2017