Communication Liberal Arts Transfer Major

A degree in communication prepares students for a variety of careers. Students who study communication are not only highly sought after in fields like marketing and public relations but also in areas you may not immediately think of, such as banking. Communication majors are known for being skillful at taking complex information and making it easy to understand, as well as their ability to connect with others. This makes them highly sought after in many fields.

Career Opportunities

The following is just a sampling of some of the career opportunities you can pursue with a degree in communications — the sky's the limit!

  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Media
  • Writing
  • Mass Communication
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Real Estate
  • Teaching/Training
  • Healthcare
  • Technology

You may find employment in many industries such as government, business, not-for-profit organizations, education, manufacturing, and politics.

Why You Should Pick a Degree in Communications

Planning Your Class Schedule

Students should consult with an advisor in Student Services to select courses, make a transfer plan, and periodically review their progress towards their degree completion.

Students are also encouraged to contact the admissions office at the college to which they plan to transfer during their first year at Hawkeye in order to obtain specific program and transfer requirements.

Not all courses may be required for transfer to your future major.

Award: Associate of Arts (AA)
Required number of credits: 62

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

Course Descriptions: Show All | Hide All

Communication Transfer Courses
COM-140 Introduction to Mass Media 3 $622.50
ENG-105 Composition I O E 3 $622.50
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication O E 3 $622.50
SPC-120 Intercultural Communications
Offered fall semester, even years
O 3 $622.50
SPC-122 Interpersonal Communication
Offered spring term, even years
O 3 $622.50
SPC-132 Group Communication
Offered fall term, odd years
3 $622.50
Total Credits 18

Remaining Liberal Arts Coursework
I. Natural Science and Mathematics 10
II. Humanities 9
III. Social Sciences 9
IV. Communications 3
V. Social Diversity 3
VII. Elective Courses 10
Total Credits 44

Additional Communication Transfer Courses
COM-148 Diversity and the Media 3 $622.50
DRA-130 Acting I
Offered fall semester
E 3 $622.50
SPC-112 Public Speaking
Offered spring semester, odd years
3 $622.50
SPC-140 Oral Interpretation
Offered spring semester
3 $622.50

Course Cost Calculation

Resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

Course calculations are based on 2021–2022 tuition and fees and course fees.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Professional Associations

Opportunities for students to get involved in the field

Admissions Requirements

Faculty Advice

Roxanne Heimann

"If you’re not entirely sure what you want to do when you graduate but really enjoy being around people, this is the perfect major for you. Finding an internship will help you decide what direction you do (or maybe don’t!) want to go. Work on things like resumes and portfolios of work early — your time in school will fly by and that will be really helpful when it comes to landing a job in your field."

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Ryan Courtney

"Going to college provides a great opportunity to explore possibilities, make connections, and find your passions. Do not simply enroll to get it over with. Get to know your peers and professors, take electives you find intriguing, and get involved with clubs and activities on campus. Once you find the things you enjoy on campus, you will become more involved and engaged with each of your classes and have a better experience overall."

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Contact Information

Academic/College Success Advisor

Kari Kaufman
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-4014
Email Kari Kaufman
Schedule an appointment with Kari Kaufman

Faculty Mentor

Roxanne Heimann
Library 220
319-296-2329 ext.1712
Email Roxanne Heimann

Administrative Assistant

Kate Childers
Black Hawk Hall 258
319-296-4007
Email Kate Childers

Dean

Liberal and Applied Arts and Human Services

Catharine Freeman
Black Hawk Hall 258
319-296-4041
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