Program Level: Degrees, Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: English/Communications/Foreign Languages/INRW
Institute: Creative & Communication Arts
College: PAC

What is the communications program?

The Communications program offers classes that empower all students, both Communications majors and non-majors, with a greater understanding of the Information Age. While enrolled, students will develop the skills to thrive in this increasingly global and digital environment. 

Communications courses offer students hands-on learning experiences through the creation of their own media content — professional- quality websites, digital productions, and well-crafted articles and layouts for “The Pulse,” Palo Alto College’s student- produced newsletter. All Communications majors will build a portfolio of work to present to their transfer institutions and to obtain internships and work in the mass media industry. 

This program is a THECB-approved Field of Study, which means all coursework completed on the degree plan will fully transfer to satisfy the first two years of a Communications degree at any four-year public college or university in Texas. 

Communications Program Highlights

  • The Communications program produces alumni who now work in all sectors of the communication industry including radio, television, newspaper, and more! 
  • The Communications program produces an excellent transfer rate to senior-level institutions, including University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Texas A&M University San Antonio, and Our Lady of the Lake University.
  • Students in th Communications program will write and submit stories for The Pulse, Palo Alto College’s student-produced newsletter since 1998. Visit us online at

Communications Career Areas & Employment Positions

  • Internet & Social Media
  • Television
  • Film
  • Journalism
  • Book Publishing
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Radio
  • Sound Recording
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Special Events Planning  
Degrees and Field of Study

Degrees Offered

Associate of Arts





Vicente Guillot
Department Chair

San Jacinto Hall (SANJAC 139E)


Dr. Denise Barkis Richter

Pedernales Hall (PEDER 114)