Communication Studies

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Students in the classroom

Communication Studies classroom

Communication Studies students

COMM 101 field trip

Communication Studies students

COMM class at Machu Picchu in Peru

Student receiving his award

COMM Focus Award Recipient

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COMM Class Conversations

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Class Activities

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 your 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."

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!

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don't offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Plan your transfer