Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

University Parallel, A.S. - Communication Studies (TTP)

Degree:  Associate of Science
Major: University Parallel
Area of Emphasis: Communication Studies

For more information, contact the Humanities division at 615-230-3200 or at humanities@volstate.edu.

Communication is the study of human interaction in interpersonal, group and public settings. This pathway is for students planning to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies or related fields.

Transfer Options
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) are advising tools designed to help community college students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university or select regionally accredited, non-profit Tennessee private colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degree. The TTPs also constitute an agreement between community colleges and four-year colleges/universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note: Due to the transferability to a four-year institution, there are to be no course substitutions where a specific course is required in the TTP curriculum guide.  

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/graduation/exit-exams.

CIP Code: (16) 24.0101.01

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)

  • Communication Elective (Any Non-Asterisk COMM Course) Credits: (3)
  • University Parallel Elective (Any Non-Asterisk Course - See the following list of preferred COMM courses) Credits: (7)

COMM 201 - Media Advertising and Sales  Credits: (3)
COMM 240 - Introduction to Public Relations  Credits: (3)
COMM 250 - Introduction to Social Media  Credits: (3)
COMM 280T - Special Topics in Communications  Credits: (1)
COMM 1010 - Intro to Mass Communication  Credits: (3)
COMM 1020 - Media Writing  Credits: (3)
COMM 1030 - Introduction to Electronic Media  Credits: (3)
COMM 2020 - Television Production  Credits: (3)

  • ​Communication Electives: (Choose from the following list) Credits: (9) 

COMM 2025 - ^Fundamentals of Communication  Credits: (3) 1
COMM 2045 - ^Public Speaking  Credits: (3) 1
COMM 2055 - Argumentation and Debate  Credits: (3)
COMM 2085 - Business and Professional Communication  Credits: (3)
COMM 2090 - Interpersonal Communication  Credits: (3)
COMM 2095 - Small Group Communication  Credits: (3)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


1 Since either COMM 2025 or COMM 2045 will be used to fulfill the General Education Communications requirement, only one of these courses may be applied as an elective.

It is recommended that you contact your advisor to ensure you take the most appropriate Communications courses prior to transfer.

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule.  Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (14)

  • Communication Elective (Any Non-Asterisk COMM Course) Credits: (3)
  • Natural Sciences  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4)
  • History   (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog)  Credits: (3)
  • University Parallel Elective (Any Non-Asterisk Course - see preferred list of COMM courses above)  Credits: (1)