Welcome to Communication Studies
The curriculum focuses on the study of communication, how meaning is exchanged in a variety of contexts to a variety of audiences. The basic course teaches students the skills required for presenting a speech—analyzing an audience, listening, coping with fear, using visual aids—as well as the skills they will need to prepare a speech—researching a topic, analyzing arguments and texts, and organizing and outlining material. Beyond that, advanced courses address issues such as conflict management and the communication that occurs in interpersonal relationships, small group settings, intercultural settings, public debate venues, and other performance environments. Courses offered through the program meet transfer requirements for general education, and they may be applied toward an Associate in Arts degree in Communication Studies for Transfer or the Associate in Arts degree with a major in communication studies.