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.
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.
In order to succeed in Communications, students will develop strong interpersonal and critical thinking skills as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills. 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. The 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.
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 $81,840 per year according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Real Estate Sales Agents in California make an average of $76,440 per year.
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COMM 110 Public Speaking (3 units)
Study and practice in the basic principles of effective public oral communication. Students will research, prepare and extemporaneously deliver various speeches. Analysis and evaluation of oral, public communication is also included. Relevant social issues may be examined.
COMM 127 Argumentation and Debate (3 units)
Principles and techniques of argumentation and debate, including research in significant social problems and issues, analysis of propositions, evidence, inductive and deductive reasoning, and fallacies of language and thought. Training and practice in the presentation and evaluation of oral and written arguments.
COMM 130 Interpersonal Communication (3 units)
Study and practice of the communication involved in building and maintaining interpersonal relationships, and its theoretical significance in family, social, and workplace settings. Topics include self-concept, perception, emotions, verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, conflict management, and the influence of such factors as sex, gender, and culture on these aspects and the formation and maintenance of one's identity. Students are expected to demonstrate and apply the skills through individual and group presentations.
COMM 140 Small Group Communication (3 units)
Study and practice of small group dynamics, including group formation and interactions, teamwork, decision-making, leadership, and conflict management. Students will participate in groups and teams to examine theories and apply techniques to reach outcomes.
COMM 150 Intercultural Communication (3 units)
Study and practice of intercultural communication in domestic and global contexts. Examines the intersectionality of culture, power, identity, verbal and non-verbal communication to increase perceptual awareness and cultural competency. Students are expected to demonstrate and apply skills through individual and group oral presentations.
COMM 160 Gender and Communication (3 units)
Study of the relationship between gender and communication in multiple sociocultural contexts. Analysis of the intersectionality of gender and identity, culture, perception, power, media, history, language, and nonverbal communication from social science, interpretive, and critical theoretical approaches.
COMM 170 Oral Interpretation I (3 units)
Focus on interpretation and analysis of oral readings of literature as a creative and analytical way to examine the human condition, liberation, resistance, and social change. Through selecting, reading, analyzing, and interpreting culturally diverse literature (poetry, short stories, prose, and drama), students will better understand and be able to critique the structural, aesthetic, and ethical components of narrative and performance.
COMM 172 Forensics (1 units)
Development, preparation, and practice of competitive speaking, argumentation, research, and writing skills specializing in one or more of the following areas: oral interpretation of literature, debate, platform speaking, or limited preparation speaking. Students will be required to participate in intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments and/or community events. NOTE: Students who are taking this course to meet the Area B elective requirement for the Communication Studies AA-T should take this course a total of 3 times to meet the 3.0 unit requirement.
COMM 695 Independent Study in Communication Studies (0.5or 3 units)
Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.
COMM B10 Health Communication (3 units)
Critical exploration of health communication concepts, theories, research methods, cases, and other practices applied in addressing real-world health issues, administration, and decision-making. Addresses health communication approaches in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion and behavior change campaigns.
- Effective Communication: Deliver a message using strategies that adapt appropriately to the purpose of a situation; including the specific audience and cultural & psychological climate.
- Effective Communication: Describe the effects of communication, including listening skills, on the perception of human relationships in social & cultural contexts
- Critical Thinking: Demonstrate effective problem-solving communication that leads to successful conflict management by researching verifiable information that supports logically organized main points and claims in a message.
- Citizenship: Communicate ethical core values and individual cultural identity in a variety of academic, personal, vocational and civic situations.