Become an effective communicator
Life is made of relationships, and communication studies majors learn how to grow and maintain those relationships in a variety of contexts. Communication studies prepares you for a wide variety of careers in business, industry, government, nonprofit organizations or human services. As one of the most desired skills by employers, being an effective communicator means you're better suited to work in teams, assist clients and customers, and manage personnel.
Programs of Study
Communication Studies for Transfer
Associate of Arts for Transfer
The Communication Studies for transfer degree prepares students to develop competence with human communication. Students learn how to apply and analyze rhetorical principles, adapt communication styles to audience and context, and understand the relationships between and among symbols, culture and gender.
This degree helps students transfer seamlessly to a California State University.
18 - 19 Units
More Ways to Learn
Why study communications?
What You'll Learn
- How to synthesize communication principles and theories to develop communication competence to improve human interaction.
- How to apply and analyze rhetorical principles for a variety of purposes adapting to audience and context.
- How to understand the theoretical and practical relationships between and among symbols, culture and gender to competently create, interpret and/or evaluate messages.
- Sales, Marketing and Advertising Specialist
- Human Resource Specialist
- Public Relations and Fundraising Manager
- Journalist, Reporter or Correspondent
- Editor or Literary Agent
- Social Services, Law and Politics
- Management and Consulting
- Technical Writer
Common Areas of Focus
Argumentation and Persuasion prepares you for careers in government or politics, and it offers particularly strong preparation for law school.
Interpersonal Communication prepares you for entrance into a variety of careers in social and human services. You can also pursue advanced education leading to careers in teaching, counseling, social work or clinical psychology.
Organizational Communication prepares you for careers in business, nonprofit organizations or government; examples are community relations director or representative, conflict manager, customer service representative, director of corporate communications, executive manager, human resource manager, industrial and labor relations representative, mediator, negotiator, public information officer, or sales representative.
Intercultural Communication prepares you for communication across cultural boundaries in careers such as customer service and sales representative, diplomat, foreign correspondent, foreign relations or foreign service officer, host for foreign dignitaries, intercultural and diversity trainer, international corporate representative, international and study abroad student advisor, and travel industry representative.