Communication - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a focus in communication includes courses that are commonly required for the major and meets lower-division general education requirements at all Oregon public universities. A communication degree can lead to a career in teaching, the hospitality industry, journalism, broadcast and cyber media, human resources, business management, public relations, politics, law, or the arts.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Choose one course4
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
Recommend: COMM 111Z or COMM 218Z
WR 121ZComposition I4
WR 122ZComposition II4
or WR 227Z Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses from at least two prefixes 29-12
Recommend: 200-level language courses for students seeking Bachelor of Arts
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes 312-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Choose enough electives to reach the minimum of 90 credits for the AAOT 2,439
Total Credits90-106

HHPA activity courses (1 credit each) are not to be duplicated.


Students seeking to obtain a Bachelor of Arts should consider completing a foreign language through the 200 level (i.e., 203). 200-level foreign language courses count as an Arts and Letters requirement. 100-level foreign language courses count as electives and, depending on language placement, may be required.


Communication majors planning to pursue quantitative communication studies should consider courses with a PSY or SOC prefix. Speech communication majors interested in rhetoric and public address should consider courses with an HST or PS prefix.


Related courses to consider: Any course with a COMM prefix

Advising Notes

Oregon public universities offer a variety of programs for communication majors seeking a bachelor’s or more advanced degree. Some Oregon two-year and four-year institutions require four-credit communication courses, so students transferring may find it helpful to take a one-credit course, such as COMM 250 Listening, COMM 252 Team Skills, COMM 253 Conflict Management, or COMM 255 Free Expression and Public Assembly to supplement a three-credit communication course.

Oregon State University-Cascades offers a communication minor; contact the OSU-C admissions office for more information. OSU’s (Corvallis) department of Speech Communication offers undergraduate programs leading to Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees with concentrations in communication or theatre arts. Additionally, OSU students can complete a minor either in communication or theatre arts. At the graduate level they participate in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Oregon Institute of Technology's Communication Department offers a BS in Communication Studies or Professional Writing with an optional certificate in Dispute Resolution. They also offer minors in Human Communication or Technical Communication.

Southern Oregon University’s Department of Communication provides students the opportunity to develop verbal and nonverbal communication knowledge and skills through two majors: Communication Studies and Social Media and Public Engagement. 

The University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication offers majors in four areas: advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations.

Western Oregon University’s Communication Studies program offers a 60-credit-hour major and a 24-credit-hour minor in Speech Communication. 

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • Options for additional standards:
      • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Elective (recommend foreign language 101)4
Oral Communication (recommend COMM 111Z or COMM 218Z)4
WR 121ZComposition I4
Second Term
Elective (recommend foreign language 102)4
Discipline Studies Social Science4
WR 122Z
Composition II
or Technical Writing
Third Term
Discipline Studies Social Science4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-4
Elective (recommend foreign language 103)4
Discipline Studies Arts and Letters3-4
Elective (consider any course with a COMM prefix)1-3
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Social Science4
Discipline Studies Lab Science4
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (recommend foreign language 201)4
Elective (consider any course with a COMM prefix)3-4
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (recommend foreign language 202)4
Discipline Studies Lab Science4
Electives (consider any course with a COMM prefix)4
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Lab Science4
Elective (recommend foreign language 203)4
Electives (consider any course with a COMM prefix)3-4
Elective 3-4
 Total Credits90-98

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