Communication Designation

Colorado Guaranteed Transfer
Offered in the Classroom & 85% Online
Programs of Study

When employers are surveyed on the abilities they seek in future employees, communication skills consistently top the list. The ability to communicate effectively is valuable in any career field and can help set you apart in a crowded field of job applicants.

In this program, you will learn communication strategies for personal, professional, and public contexts. Courses cover a variety of communication discipline subcategories, including public, interpersonal, small group, intercultural, gender, organizational, and healthcare communication. Consider taking a communication course to satisfy degree requirements, or make it the focus of your studies by declaring an Associate of Arts degree with a designation in communication.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD’s Excel Zone

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 85 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

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Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

This program is a guaranteed transfer (GT) program.

GT programs enable all college students to complete their first two years of college here at CCD and then transfer to any public college in Colorado as a junior. It is called the DWD program (Degrees with Designation). This program saves you money and time.

A Two-Year Degree from CCD Can Lead To a Four-Year Degree from ...    

  • Colorado State University – Ft. Collins
  • Colorado State University – Global Campus
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado - Denver
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Western State Colorado University

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

The internship course (COM 280) is designed for you to earn college credit and to pair real-world occupational experience with your education in the communication field. You are responsible for securing a communication-related internship with an employing organization and may then coordinate how to receive credit for the course.

Because each position is unique, internships will be coordinated on an individual basis, but will typically involve a portfolio of work performed and a self-reflection on the application of communication principles in the workplace. See the communication program chair for details.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of media and communication occupations is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 43,200 new jobs.

If you decide to pursue a bachelor’s in arts with an emphasis in communication, the job prospects are plentiful. Some possibilities include:

  • Professional Speaker
  • Trainer
  • Sales Representative
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Advertising Director
  • Account Manager
  • Media Planner
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Speech Coach
  • Community Relations Coordinator
  • Broadcaster/Reporter
  • Disc Jockey
  • Technical Writer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Public Information Office Writer
  • Campaign Director
  • Activities Director
  • Community Affairs Liaison
  • Non-Profit Management

There are many opportunities with a degree in communication, learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.