Communications Studies

Program Description

The Communication Studies programs provide students the opportunity to gain effective communication skills which are essential and highly demanded in educational, professional and social settings. Through critical thinking, observation, and performance, students recognize the importance of messages in an interconnected multicultural community. The Associate in Arts or Certificate of Performance in Communication Studies offer students enhancement of self-development and foundational tools for relational success.

Program Emphasis

The Communication Studies program emphasizes proficiency in public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, voice and articulation, small group communication, and argumentation.

Careers

The career opportunities related to Communication Studies are vast and usually require associate or advanced degrees. Some communication career fields include: advertising and public relations, community service, counseling, education, human resources, journalism, management, marketing, performing arts, politics, and radio/television/film.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Communication Studies program the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate the speaker's backgrounds, motives and attitudes.
  • Analyze the audience's backgrounds, motives and attitudes.
  • Design effective communication in order to facilitate understanding and cooperation.
  • Develop effective verbal and presentational skills for a variety of communication situations.
  • Research, organize, and present a developed viewpoint.