Associate of Science/Arts in Workplace Communication & Writing

Get the skills and knowledge employers want most!

The interdisciplinary degree of Associate of Workplace Communication and Writing (AS and AA) will help you obtain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a wide variety of workplaces. Numerous employer surveys show that businesses and organizations of all kinds need employees who are effective communicators.

This associate's degree, which includes classes from both Communication and English, teaches the knowledge and skills employers are looking for in employees. These include writing, speaking, interpersonal communication, group and team communication, new media and technology skills, information gathering, and document design. This program supplements the General Education requirements with instruction in writing, new media and technology, theory and applied knowledge about working in organizations, and a wide variety of workplace skills. It culminates with a capstone class where you will prepare a cover letter, resume and portfolio, and participate in mock interviews among other activities that will prepare you to enter today's competitive workforce with the tools and confidence needed to succeed.

What You Will Learn

This program will teach you those skills employers want most, including:

  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Communicating interpersonally
  • Working in organizations and teams
  • New media and technology skills
  • Information gathering
  • Document design
  • Other workplace skills

Program Requirements

Finish in Just Two Years

You can complete this degree in two years with 24 credits in Communication and English and 37 general education credits.

General Studies Requirements

  • Humanities HU (3 credits) Students must take one of the following:
    • COMM 1020 Public Speaking or
    • COMM 2110 Interpersonal & Small Group Communication (3 credits)
  • Humanities HU or Creative Arts CA (3 credits). Students must take one ENGL class from the following list:
    • ENGL 2200 Introduction to Literature
    • ENGL 2220 Introduction to Fiction
    • ENGL 2230 Introduction to Drama
    • ENGL 2240 Introduction to Poetry
    • ENGL 2250 Creative Writing
    • ENGL 2260 Introduction to Writing Short Fiction
    • ENGL 2270 Introduction to Poetry Writing 
    • ENGL 2510 Masterpieces of Literature
    • ENGL 2710 Perspectives on Women's Literature
    • ENGL 2750 Topics & Ideas in the Humanities
  • For the AA degree:
    • Foreign Language (TWO courses/total of 6 credits)
      • Complete two semester of one of the following languages:
        • French, German, Spanish, American Sign Language, Chinese or Japanese.

Required Courses: 24 credit hours from the following core areas:

  • Writing: 2 courses
  • New Technology & Digital Media: 1 course
  • Working in Organizations: 2 courses
  • Workplace Skills: 2 courses
  • Professionalizing Experience: 1 course

NOTE: Take only 3 credits in Working in Organizations and only 3 credits in Workplace Skills

Writing (Select TWO for a total of 6 credits: one from Communication, one from English)

  • COMM 1130 Media Writing (3 credits) OR
  • COMM 1140 Writing for Workplace Communication (3 credits:) OR
  • WSU 2350 Writing with Numbers (3 credits) 
  • ENGL 2100 Technical Writing (3 credits) OR
  • ENGL 2120 Introduction to Writing & Document Design (3 credits)

New Technology & Digital Media (Select ONE for a total of 3 credits)

  • COMM 2010 Mass Media & Society (3 credits)
  • COMM 2250 Essentials of Digital Media (3 credits)
  • ENGL 2130 Media & Technology in Texts (3 credits)

Working in Organizations (Select TWO for a total of 6 credits)

  • COMM 2550 Communication in Professional Setting (3 credits)
  • ENGL 2150 Gender & Culture in Workplace Writing (3 credits)

Workplace Skills (Select TWO for a total of 6 credits)

  • COMM 1020 Public Speaking (3 credits) or COMM 2110 Interpersonal & Small Group Communication (3 credits)
  • COMM 1270 Analysis of Argument (3 credits)
  • COMM 1500 Intro to Mass Communication (3 credits) or COMM 2010 Mass Media & Society (3 credits)
  • COMM 1560 Audio Production & Performance (3 credits)
  • ENGL 2160 Introduction to Web-Based Technical Writing (3 credits)
  • ENGL 2140 Introduction to Professional & Technical Writing (3 credits)
  • COMM 2200 In-Studio Video Production & Performance ( 3 credits)
  • COMM 2751 Intro to Narrative Digital Filmmaking (3 credits)

Professionalizing Experience (Select ONE for a total of 3 credits)

  • COMM 2890 Cooperative Work Experience with The Signpost (1-3 credits)
  • COMM 2730 Radio Production Workshop (1-3 credits)
  • ENGL 2890 Cooperative Work Experience with English (3 credits)
  • ENGL 2990 Capstone for Workplace Communication & Writing (3 credits)
  • COMM 2990 Capstone for Workplace Communication & Writing (3 credits)

Foreign Language (TWO courses/total of 6 credits)

  • Complete two semesters of one of the following languages:
    • French, German, Spanish, American Sign Language, Chinese or Japanese.

How To Declare Your Degree

  1. Complete the Declaration Form and have your advisor sign it.
  2. Return the form to the Communication Department in Elizabeth Hall, Room 330.

Get Involved

Advisors

Debbi Murphy
Academic Advisor
College of Arts & Humanities
801-626-6631
ddmurphy@weber.edu
Elizabeth Hall, Room 413A

To schedule an academic advising appointment with Debbi, go to: https://cahadvisor.youcanbook.me and select an appointment time.


Nick Berg
Academic Advisor
College of Arts & Humanities
801-626-6664
nicholasberg@weber.edu 
Elizabeth Hall, Room 414A

To schedule an academic advising appointment with Nick, go to: https://cahadvisor.youcanbook.me and select an appointment time.