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Communication Studies

The Field

Communication Studies focuses on verbal and nonverbal communications, critical thinking and research, and multicultural communication, concentrating on the ways humans interact with one another and how this affects the world around them.

In order to succeed in Communications, students will need to develop strong interpersonal and critical thinking skills as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.

The Communication Studies Program at Skyline College

Students enrolled in the Communication Studies Program at Skyline College can expect to become proficient in multiple areas of communication, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, small group communication, intercultural communication, and argumentation and debate.

Skyline College offers one Associate Degree and two Associate Degrees for Transfer in Communications that provide a clear path for transfer to a four-year educational institution.

Career Outlook

Studying Communications provides a foundation of interpersonal, writing and critical thinking skills essential in almost any career from the sciences or finance to marketing or public relations.

A degree in Communications can be a gateway to a variety of career trajectories including journalism, law, advertising, public relations, marketing, communications, sales, real estate, technical writing and much more. Salary ranges for jobs within these trajectories vary greatly. Public Relations Specialists in California make an average of $73,060 per year according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Real Estate Sales Agents in California make an average of $58,180 per year.