Sep 23, 2021  
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 
2018 - 2020 CNM Catalog, Volume 50 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Communication, Associate of Arts

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School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)

This Associate of Arts degree program is intended to fulfill the freshman- and sophomore-level requirements in a Bachelor of Arts Degree at a four year institution. A variety of program-approved electives provide introductory exposure in Communication Studies. Such exposure can aid students in choosing a four-year concentration best suited to their interests and goals.

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The field of Communication Studies emphasizes how people use messages to generate meaning within and across all kinds of contexts, cultures, channels and media. Upon completion of this program, successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate communication competence with diverse audiences in multiple contexts to achieve intended goals.
  • Critically analyze communication elements of processes and messages in various contexts and relationships.

Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is designed for:
  • Helping you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to give you an edge in the job market.
  • Meeting the requirements for an Associate of Arts in Communication from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
  • This educational option can be completed: Part-time or full-time.
  • This educational option can be started: Any term.
  • Primary course location: Main, Montoya, Rio Rancho, South Valley or Westside Campuses. Some courses are available online.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

This program prepares students for transfer to a four-year program in Communication or Speech, with a concentration in one or more of the following areas:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Communication
  • Mass Communication

Students interested in transferring to UNM should consult the UNM Department of Communication & Journalism. Students should always refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course, and graduation requirements. Students should also consult an Academic Coach for more information.

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Career Opportunities

Four-year graduates can pursue careers in a wide variety of fields.

Additionally, the program is designed to help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to give you an edge in the job market. Year after year, surveys show that communication skills are ranked by employers as the most important quality necessary for entry-level job candidates. Ironically, communication skills are those that employers say entry-level job candidates most often lack.

  • Examples of career options in Communications are listed here.


Associate of Arts in Communication 60-61 credit hours

This information is meant to serve as a general guide for students intending to major in Communication. Specific requirements for transfer will vary from school to school. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the four year transfer school to confirm specific admission and degree requirements.

Please refer to the UNM Communication Concentrations as you select which courses to take at CNM.

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