2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Speech Communication, A.A./A.S.

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Major in Tennessee Transfer Pathway with Emphasis in Speech Communication (A.A., A.S.)

Program and Career Description:

The Speech Communication emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelor's degree in Communications, Speech, or Public Relations. Students pursuing careers in public relations, advertising, law, speech writing, liaison, customer service, or corporate communications should consider this degree. Below are a few examples of career and salary estimates.

Career Entry-Level Education Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
Advertising and Promotions Managers Bachelor's degree $40,720 $66,400 $102,450
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators Bachelor's degree $35,520 $55,790 $68,340
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary Master's degree or Doctoral degree $31,720 $48,700 $62,830

Career and salary information taken from JOBS4TN.GOV. Check out this website for additional information about job descriptions, education requirements and abilities, and supply and demand for these careers. For additional information from a national perspective, go to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Major Required Courses

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Speech Communication, A.A./A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 60

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 14

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15


*Note: An elective can be any college-level course.

*Students pursuing the A.A. degree must complete 6 semester hours of the SAME foreign language.

For more information contact:
Lacey Benns-Owens at
lbenns@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2875
Humanities & Social Sciences Division office at 931.540.2780

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution. CoSCC- SPCH-02-14-18

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