Communication Studies

Program Description

Communication Studies gives you a set of skills that is valued by all employers—presenting information clearly and concisely through the written and spoken word as well as through video and graphics. Possible careers include: public relations, marketing, journalism, broadcast and social media, and management. You will learn how to make persuasive arguments and motivate people. No matter where you end up working, Communication Studies will provide you with the skills needed for advancement.

Associate Degree Programs in Communication Studies

Communication Studies (Associate of Arts)

Cecil College’s Associate of Arts in Communication Studies provides the first two years of study towards a Bachelors in Communication Studies. This degree offers a strong foundation in communication theory and practice. Students who complete a Communication Studies degree may transfer into a Communication Studies program at a four-year institution, or they may pursue careers in business, education, law, communications, publishing, or any profession that requires communication skills.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Communications Studies the right major for me?

Whether you enjoy being out in public or are more comfortable working behind the scenes, either way there are opportunities for you with a Communications Studies degree. You can choose to present information and be the public face of an organization, or you can do research and write material—or you can do both. Every business and organization needs to communicate, both within the organization and to the public. The roles you can have are many and varied and career paths involving communications are available in every industry.

What areas can I specialize in?

Communication Studies is a broad field. Here are a few examples of career paths/job titles:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Editor

How much can a Communications Studies major expect to earn?

Median salaries1 range from $40,000 for an announcer or reporter, to $130,000 for Marketing Managers.

1 Starting salaries are lower. These figures represent salaries for mid-career workers.

Admissions & Advising

Cecil College is an open enrollment institution. Get more information, find out how to apply, or meet with an advisor.


Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.

Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.


Cecil College full-time and adjunct faculty are highly credentialed in their disciplines and have years of teaching and professional experience. For additional information, please view the discipline specific pages.