The problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw
Why study communication? Why bother to study something you have been doing since before you were born? Very simply, studying communication benefits you in many different ways: personally, professionally, and publicly.
- Personal benefits:
- Learning how to speak publicly is important to your success in college.
- You learn how to better interact with others, improve your relationships, and understand differences in how people see the world.
- Professional benefits:
- Effective communication will increase you chances of finding a job - employers listed "ability to communicate clearly" as the most important trait in a new employee.
- Your ability to communicate is your ticket to advancement - a survey of 500 executives rated speaking skills second only to job knowledge as the most important factor in a businessperson’s success.
- Public benefits:
- A democratic society depends on active, informed citizens, which in turn requires skilled communicators. Learning the principles of communication can make you a more effective participant in the great debate that we call democracy. As Lee Iacocca once said, “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.”
Although PCC does not offer a degree in speech communication, communication studies courses are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. Speech communication classes may transfer as:
- elective credits
- program requirement credits
- and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution
Students are always encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PCC academic advisor and the University Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.
Communication Studies Focus Award
The Communication Studies Focus Award recognizes students who have gained considerable background in Communication Studies as part of their certificate or transfer degree program. The award is granted to students who have completed the required combination of Communication Studies courses. See the focus award catalog page for requirements.
- If you have completed the program of study, apply for the Communication Studies Focus Award!
Note: this focus award is not a formal, transcripted degree or certificate, but is a recognition of courses taken to supplement the skills you already have. Focus awards may be earned in combination with a certificate and/or degree.