Communication Studies (BA)

Achieving your goal of obtaining a four-year degree is attainable through the collaborative effort of Macomb and WSU. Begin your journey by earning an associate degree at Macomb, followed by a seamless transition to Wayne State for the completion of your bachelor's degree. Throughout this academic pursuit, you have the opportunity to embrace the diverse experiences and communities offered by both campuses.

What is Communication Studies? 

The major in Communication Studies offers students an opportunity to develop excellent communication skills and a thorough knowledge of the theory of human communication. As a Communication Studies major, you will take a variety of courses in which you will develop skills in public speaking, interpersonal communication and group communication. Good communication skills are highly desirable and help anyone attain better personal, academic and professional success.

What can I do with a Communication Studies Degree? 

Employers in business, government and education identify excellent communication skills as the most important quality they desire in hiring employees. The Communication Studies major is designed to help you develop exceptional skills in all aspects of communication, with particular emphasis on oral performance. Our majors find careers in many different fields, including business, government, education, law and religion. Our alumni include lawyers, members of the clergy, communication consultants, managers and government officials.

   Associate to Bachelor's course planning 

Choose an area of study, earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and complete the required courses. The Transfer Pathway gives you a roadmap to earn your degree with built-in flexibility and options to enhance your degree.  Courses not taken or transferred can be completed at Wayne State University.

1) Choose a Macomb academic program

Associate of Arts (AA) English - Writing Track (AA)
Associate of General Studies (AGS) Speech Communication Arts (AAS)

2) Review the Transfer Pathway Guide

  • Earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)
  • Complete the required courses 

3) Connect with an advisor 

 Macomb Community College
 Counseling & Academic Advising
 586-445-7999 |


 Transfer Student Success Center 
 Transfer Advising 

   Total credit summary

  Pathway credits
Macomb Community College transfer credit  60-78
Wayne State major 24

Wayne State electives and/or degree enhancements

Wayne State total credits 42-60 min. 
Wayne State and transfer total credits  120 min. 

  Wayne Advantage-Macomb 

Get a jump-start on your Wayne State University classes while earning your associate degree at Macomb Community College with Wayne Advantage-Macomb. As a Wayne Advantage-Macomb student, you are admitted to Wayne State while enrolled at Macomb, which means you can take courses at one or both institutions in the same semester.

In Wayne Advantage-Macomb, you'll enjoy all the benefits that come with being admitted to Wayne State and attending a major urban research university, including:

  • Access to Wayne State's libraries
  • A multipurpose WSU OneCard
  • Access to the Academic Success Center and Career Services
  • Comprehensive academic advising
  • Wayne State events and student organizations
  • Study abroad opportunities

Icon of a page with a pencil  Notes

  • You can review how all courses transfer using the course equivalency tool. For a self-service, customized WSU degree audit, please visit
  • Wayne State requires a minimum of 30 credits in residency.
  • The pathway allows multiple associate degree options with the flexibility to customize your degree path. The minimum eligibility to participate in the Wayne State Transfer Pathways is a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and an associate degree (earned or Reverse Transfer).  See transfer credit guidelines
  • All college-level (non-developmental), non-duplicated courses with a 2.0 (C) grade point average (GPA) or above will be considered for transfer credit. Earned credit will transfer as 1) direct course equivalency, 2) major/department credit, or 3) elective credit. Credits not earned at Macomb will need to be taken at WSU. 
  • These pathways do not replace the importance of Macomb and Wayne State academic advising. The pathway provides a general roadmap to degree completion.

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.