Associate of Applied Science
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Ensign College + BYU-Pathway

The associate degree in communication provides students with the skills needed to gain employment or an internship. Students will develop skill in writing, public speaking, and the ability to identify communication methods that will best serve a variety of audiences.

This degree is developed and granted by Ensign College, with support and resources from BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

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Essential Knowledge and Skills


  • Learn and apply fundamental communication principles using standard media messaging formats.
  • Explain mass communication effects on public discourse, individuals, and institutions.
  • Demonstrate techniques of public speaking, including message development, content, projection, tone, and delivery.
  • Build, manage, and optimize digital communication strategies and tactics.
  • Apply communication skills and knowledge to projects in various fields.
Associate of Applied Science of Communication
Program Requirements
Complete two certificates as described below, plus additional requirements.
Complete the introductory certificate
15 Credits
15 Credits
After an associate degree students may continue and earn a bachelor's degree in communication. This will require students to earn a third (advanced) certificate, as well as complete additional degree requirements.
To complete an associate degree, the following courses are required in addition to the certificates stated above:
Complete the following additional courses:
1 credit
(CAR 299)
Complete the following additional requirements:
General Education Courses
18 credits
Approximately 9 credits
Previously earned course credits from PathwayConnect and/or other colleges and universities will be evaluated after a student is admitted and submits valid transcripts.
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Looking Ahead
Potential Employment
An associate degree in communication can provide the basis for rewarding careers in a variety of fields, industries, and positions, depending on their elective choice, including:
  • Media production
  • Journalism
  • Digital marketing
  • Social media
  • Computer science
  • Business management

Why choose this degree?

Education in communication prepares you to work effectively in nearly every industry, and qualifies you for positions in fields such as marketing, public relations, editing, media relations, social media management, and others. Communication training will qualify you to use written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills to manage interpersonal relationships, build and lead teams, develop and implement communication strategies for a variety of clients, and create and improve marketing campaigns for consumers.

BYU-Pathway has found that certain combinations of certificates lead to better job opportunities. Most degrees have a recommended plan of certificates that will help students increase their income and improve their employment possibilities.