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Thoughtful and clear communication skills are one of the most valued assets an employee can offer their organization. The career possibilities are endless — those who study communication can pursue careers in public relations, advertising, journalism, law, and business, to name just a few. The Communication program can help you get there.

Focusing on the dynamic blend of theory and practical experience, the program will provide you with a solid foundation of a variety of communication contexts, including interpersonal, small group, intercultural, organizational, public, and professional speaking. You will be prepared to think critically, problem-solve, and make informed decisions in various scenarios.

After graduating from the program, you will be well-equipped to go to the next level and transfer to a university to achieve your bachelor’s or master's degree in communication. Sign up today to jump-start your future.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Associate Degrees and University Transfer
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Communication

Why Rio Salado College?


  • Flexible Start Dates: You can start almost every Monday of the year - so you can begin class on your schedule.
  • Accommodating Course Format: Classes are delivered online - allowing you to schedule time for classwork around your work and family commitments.
  • Textbook Options: Most classes have low-cost rental options for textbooks. Some courses use open-educational resources (OER), which correlates to no textbook cost for students.
  • Free Tutoring: At Rio, we offer free, online tutoring to offer you additional support.
  • 24/7 Helpdesks: Need help? We have help available 24/7.
  • Experienced Faculty: Our faculty are working professionals who know their content and want to assist you in successfully completing your courses!


People with communication skills are highly sought after by employers and are only becoming more valuable. Countless studies have shown that academic, professional and personal success depends on your ability to communicate effectively. Developing your communication abilities sets you apart from the rest of the work force.

Communication courses enable students to understand, analyze and respond to communication problems and opportunities. In an increasingly global job market, clear, effective oral and written communication skills can make a job candidate excel. Communication courses reveal how humans communicate within the workplace, in small groups, and with individuals. 

Our communication courses provide students with opportunities to learn ways to respond in varied communication contexts through hands-on applications. Developing skills in oral and written communications, business communications, and public speaking will help you compete in any career field. Rio Salado offers a broad range of communication courses, including interpersonal communication skills, business communication, intercultural, public speaking and small group communication. 


Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors.

Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Communication

The Associate of Arts (AA), Emphasis in Communication includes a dynamic blend of theory and practical experience that provides students with a solid introduction to the wide-ranging field of Communication. With an associate degree in Communication, students will gain proficiency in a variety of communication contexts including interpersonal, small group, intercultural, organizational, public and professional speaking. This degree prepares students for a bachelor’s degree transfer pathway and equips them with the communication skill set valued so highly by employers. Coursework provides the foundational conceptual knowledge and tools to understand, analyze, and respond to communication challenges and opportunities in a variety of contexts.

Rio Salado College does not currently offer all of the courses necessary to complete the Associate of Arts (AA), Emphasis in Communication. Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.