What will I learn?

De Anza's A.A. degree in Communication Studies provides a foundational understanding of the discipline and a breadth of coursework that can transfer toward a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. Students develop knowledge and skills in expressing ideas verbally and non-verbally; learn to interpret, advocate and critically debate ideas; work productively in teams and groups; examine the role of culture in communication; and demonstrate the communication skills necessary to engage in personal, professional, civic and social relationships.

In addition to core coursework, students are required to declare a specialty area that allows them to make interdisciplinary connections and explore specific areas of interest. Contact a full-time Communication Studies instructor to create a specialty area of study (minimum 12 units) at least two quarters prior to completing your course of study. Your specialty area description with signed approval from the Communication Studies Department must accompany your application for the A.A. degree.

Program Learning Outcomes - upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Design and relate messages clearly and confidently.
  • Use a range of speaking, listening and collaboration skills.
  • Think and engage critically in a wide range of discourse.
  • Use communication for academic and career advancement.

Which department am I in?

Language Arts Division

Study options

Full Time (90 units)

Tuition fees
US$8,496.00 per year
USD $236 per unit
Application deadline

31 January 2022

Start date

3 January 2022, 4 April 2022


Language Arts Division

Building L1, Room 11 North side of L1,

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd,



95014, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must be 18 years old to attend college. Students who are younger than 18 (but at least 16 before first day of classes) can attend with proof of secondary/high school completion or the equivalent.

A minimum score on any of the following examinations is required for admission (exam must have been taken in the last 2 years):

TOEFL - 61 iBT (De Anza College ETS code is 4286) or TOEFL PBT 46 or higher

IELTS - 6.0

iTEP - Level 4


Duolingo - 95 DET (50 DET older version)

Pearson PTE Academic - 45

Cambridge - 175+ on advanced or proficiency exam

GTEC CBT - 1100

IB (International Baccalaureate) English A HL or SL 4 or better

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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