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Communication as an academic field relates to all the ways we communicate.

"The field of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication." (Natcom)

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

The requirements for the liberal arts degree allow you to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your bachelor's degree in communication without loss of credit or time. 

Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associate of Science Degree in General Studies

Certificate Programs


Introduction to Communication
3 Credits
Prerequisite: Placement into ENG*H101. An introduction to the field of communication and to the strands of communication study: intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, and public communication. Students will develop communication skills as they relate to the self and to interaction in small and large groups in everyday interpersonal situations.
Introduction to Mass Communications
3 Credits
This course acquaints students with the complex nature of the media through which they communicate. The course will introduce the various forms of communication media; the role of media as it informs, entertains and persuades; and the effects of media on individuals and society.
American Film
3 Credits
Students survey American film from its beginnings to the present. The course will include the silent era, birth of sound, and typical genres.
International Cinema
3 Credits
A study of the origin and development of film as an art form, including the summation of outstanding films produced in France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, India, and Japan. Discussions of documentary and short subject contributions toward this development are included.
Interpersonal Communication
3 Credits
This course examines the role of interpersonal communication in human relationships. The focus of this course is on improving interpersonal skills and helping students increase their communication competence in everyday social exchanges.
Public Speaking
3 Credits
This course provides students with an understanding, appreciation, and capacity for public speaking. Excellence in public speaking requires mastery of informative and persuasive techniques of language, organization, citation of evidence, and use of rhetorical patterns of introduction and conclusion. Exposure to theoretical elements and their application in public speaking will be explored in this class.
Small Group Communication
3 Credits
The purposes of this course are (a) to provide an overview of theory and research in key areas of study in small group communication, (b) to teach skills in group decision making, and (c) to give students the opportunity to apply theory, research, and decision making skills by interacting in a group environment.
Intercultural Communication
3 Credits
Prerequisites: COM*H101 or H172. This course will be an introduction to the major principles and theories of intercultural communication. It will emphasize the application of skills and concepts for increasing cultural awareness and communication competency in a variety of cultural contexts. Exposure to communication systems and formations from different cultures will be used as a means to provide various ways of thinking about cultures.
Journalism I
3 Credits
Prerequisite: ENG*H101. Students explore methods and techniques of news gathering, news writing, and news analysis. By covering campus and community events, they make practical application of theory.