• Communication Studies

    Explore the world of Communication: Where success begins.

  • The Communication Studies Program strives to combine both the theoretical frameworks and the practical skills of communication. Coordinated by the Humanities Department, the Communication Studies Program leads to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree with five areas of concentration: Public Relations, Speech Pathology, Mass Communication, Organizational Communication and Public Address. Using participatory learning, students work to enhance their oral, written, and critical thinking skills. Emphasis is placed on communication in social, professional, culturally diverse settings, in the context of a multimedia globalized world. The aim of the Communication Studies Program is to assist students in transferring to four-year colleges or to begin a career in a related industry.

  • In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment.

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

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    The opportunities available with an Associate in Arts in Communication Studies will vary based on the concentration that you select.

    Career Resources

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect

    For students concentrating in Public Relations 

    Careers in public relations:
    Publicity manager, advertising manager, marketing specialist, telemarketing specialist, press agent, lobbyist, corporate public affairs specialist, corporate spokesperson, account executive, development officer, fundraiser, membership recruiter, sales manager, fashion merchandiser,media analyst, media planner, creative director, speech writer, audience analyst, documentarian, news writer, public opinion researcher.

    Communication and government/political-related careers: Public information officer, speech writer, intercultural communication consultant, legislative assistant, speech writer, campaign director, research specialist, program coordinator, negotiator, press secretary, elected official.

    Careers in law and communication: Public defender, corporate lawyer, district attorney, public interest lawyer, private practice lawyer, legal researcher, mediation and negotiation specialist, paralegal researcher, legal secretary, legal reporter, legal educator.

    Careers in social and human services: Public administrator, social worker, benefits administrator, patients’ rights advocate, Foreign Service officer, recreational supervisor, human rights officer, communications teacher/instructor, community affairs liaison, park service public relations specialist, recreation coordinator, intercultural communication consultant, philanthropic representative, crisis consultant, speech coach, religious leader, mental counselor.

    For students concentrating in Speech Pathology

    Speech-language pathologists provide services to prevent, diagnose, evaluate, and treat communication disorders.US News and World Report ranked audiologists and speech-language
    pathologists as among top 25 careers for 2011 for students upon completion of the Master’s degree Speech-language pathologists provide professional services in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, short-term and long-term nursing care facilities, community clinics, college and universities, private practice, state and local health departments, state and federal government agencies, home care, adult day care centers, centers for persons with developmental disabilities research laboratories, institutes and private agencies (Market Trends, ASHA official website: www.asha.org).

    For students concentrating in Mass Communication

    Careers in electronic media, radio and television, and broadcasting: Broadcasting station manager, director of broadcasting,film/tape librarian, community relations director, unit manager, film editor, news reporter, news director, news writer, transmitter engineer, technical director, advertising sales coordinator, traffic/continuity specialist, media buyer, Public Servic Announcement director, market researcher, actor, announcer, disc jockey, news anchor, sports anchor, public relations manager, comedy writer, talk show host, educational media specialist.

    Students will be able to choose a concentration from the following five tracks: Public Relations, Speech Pathology, Mass Communication, Organizational Communication and Public Address.

    Public Relations
    The Public Relations concentration focuses on preparing students to master knowledge in all forms of communication in the public arena, whether for political, commercial, or social purposes. After completing the program, students may transfer to communication programs in four-year colleges, or embark on career paths in areas such as public relations, negotiation and mediation, sales, advertising, human resources, politics, law, marketing, and counseling.

    Speech Pathology
    Speech Pathology students will specialize in fundamental knowledge of the speech mechanism and receive competency-based training in the field of Speech Pathology. Students in the Speech Pathology concentration will need to complete their Bachelor’s and also their Master’s degree to become certified speech-language pathologists. Speech pathologists can work in educational institutions, hospitals, nursing homes, or the private sector

    Mass Communication

    The concentration in Mass Communication focuses on the history of media studies as well as hands-on techniques (e.g., LaGuardia Community College’s web radio station) in creating and producing media work. Mass Communication students may transfer to a four-year college or develop their careers in electronic media, radio/television, broadcasting, film industries, and journalism (via companion courses in the English Department).

    Organizational Communication

    The Organizational Communication concentration focuses on preparing students how to communicate in workplace teams, explore the meaning of work, practice the communication skills that they will need to do well at any job, and market themselves in the changing economy. Organizational Communication students may transfer to a four-year college or develop their careers in education, government, business, human resources, and industry as well as consulting and training.

    Public Address

    The concentration in Public Address focuses on how to win arguments and how to persuade other ethically and effectively. Students will learn to become a more critical participant in democratic society and to use argumentation and persuasion to change policy, set precedents, or operate democratically in the world. Public Address students may transfer to a four-year college or develop their careers in law, education, public affairs, and speech writing for political figures.

    Current Students

    Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Prospective Students

    Review the Communications Studies Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.

    Recommended Course Sequence

    First Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG101 English Composition Required Core 3

    Life and Physical Sciences Courses  Required Core
    HUC101 Fundamentals of Communications Program Core 3
      Flexible Core Elective Flexible Core
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 12 

    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    Flexible Core Elective Flexible Core 3
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 15 

    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG102 Writing though Literature Required Core 3

    Math and Quantitive Reasoning Course  Required Core  3
      Flexible Core Elective Flexible Core 
    HUC 106 Public Speaking Program Core  3
    HUC Select one from: HUC104, HUC108, HUC113, HUC117, HUC118, HUC119, HUC140, HUC192  Program Core  3
    Session Credits 15 
    Total Credits 30 

    First Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      Flexible Core Elective Flexible Core 3

    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 33 

    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    Flexible Core Elective Flexible Core 3
    HUC Select one from: HUC104, HUC108, HUC113, HUC117, HUC118, HUC119, HUC140, HUC192 Program Core 3
    HUC111 Interpersonal Communication Program Core 3
    HUC180 Intercultural Communication  Program Core 
    HUC Communication Studies concentration course

    Public Communication: HUC141
    Speech Pathology: HUC114, HUC115 or HUC116
    Mass Communication: HUC120
    Organizational Communication: HUC112
    Public Address: HUC109
    Program Core 3
    Session Credits 15
    Total Credits 48 

    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    HUC230 Communication Theory Program Core 3
      Unrestricted Elective 3
      Communication Studies Concentration course

    Public Communication: HUC142 or HUC143
    Speech Pathology: HUC114, HUC115 or HUC116
    Mass Communication: HUC130
    Organizational Communication: HUC151
    Public Address: HUC136
    Program Core 

    Flexible Core Elective  Flexible Core 
    Session Credits 12
    Total Credits 60

    See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.

    Articulation Agreements
    The Communication Studies Program at LaGuardia Community College has articulation agreements with a number of 4-year colleges for students wishing to transfer.

    Brooklyn College

    We have an articulation agreement with Brooklyn College for all three tracks of their Communication major, which aligns with the three concentrations offered by our program Communication Studies, Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology/Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Television/Radio.

    Baruch College

    We also have an articulation agreement with Baruch College for their Communication Studies major. Students in our Public Communication concentration will be able to transfer to the Baruch College Communication Studies major.

    Hofstra University

    The Communication Studies Program has an articulation agreement with Hofstra University for their Rhetoric major, which connects specifically with students in our Public Communication concentration.

    St. Joseph’s College
    LaGuardia’s Communication Studies program is articulated with the Bachelor of Arts program at both the Brooklyn and Long Island campuses of St. Joseph’s College, NY.