Academic Catalog

Communication Studies

Program Description

The Communication Studies department offers a wide variety of courses and special programs to meet the needs of our students. Whether you aspire to become a communication specialist, enhance your marketability in the workplace, or improve your people skills, our faculty and advisers can help you identify the right program to meet your needs. Coursework involves collaboration, presentation, listening, cross-cultural understanding, rhetorical analysis, argumentation, and professional communication. The program includes application of these foundational principles in a collaborative and supportive environment.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers rated oral communication as the highest among attributes necessary in achieving professional success. More and more businesses and occupations prefer to hire employees who possess strong communication skills. When evaluating applicants, four-year universities look favorably upon students with strong backgrounds in communication. Effective communication skills assist in individual development and enhancement of human relations.

Learn more about the program on the Communication Studies website.

Associate Degree for Transfer

This program also offers an Associate Degree for Transfer. Learn more and review the degree requirements on the Communication Studies AA-T listing.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify patterns of communication in a variety of contexts.
  • Students will be able to utilize appropriate methods of communication in critical thinking and/or communication situations.

Career Opportunities

Communication Studies students often find careers in mass media, corporate training, consulting, advertising/marketing, education, law, sales, human resources, healthcare, social media, government, telecommunications, social services, public relations, and political campaigning.

Award Type(s)

  • AA = Associate in Arts Degree
  • CA = Certificate of Achievement

Units Required

  • Major: 30
  • Certificate(s): 15-25

Additional Information

Note: If the student is interested in a concentration in either Rhetoric or Intercultural Communication, please see a Communication instructor for advisement.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (15 units)
  • Support courses (15 units)

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificates.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
COMM 1APUBLIC SPEAKING5
or COMM 1AH HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING
COMM 2INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION5
COMM 4GROUP DISCUSSION5
Support Courses
Select 15 units from the following:15
ARGUMENTATION & PERSUASION
HONORS ARGUMENTATION & PERSUASION
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION STUDIES
MASS COMMUNICATION
GENDER, COMMUNICATION & CULTURE
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
CAREER & LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION IN THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE
Total Units30

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Communication Studies II

  • Units: 25
Select 10 units from the following:10
PUBLIC SPEAKING 1
HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING
MASS COMMUNICATION 1
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION 1
CAREER & LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION IN THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE 1
And 15 units from the following:15
PUBLIC SPEAKING 1
HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING
ARGUMENTATION & PERSUASION
HONORS ARGUMENTATION & PERSUASION
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION STUDIES
GROUP DISCUSSION
MASS COMMUNICATION 1
GENDER, COMMUNICATION & CULTURE
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION 1
CAREER & LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION IN THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE 1
Total Units25

Certificate of Achievement in Communication Studies I

  • Units: 15
COMM 1APUBLIC SPEAKING 15
or COMM 1AH HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING
or COMM 2 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
And 10 units from the following:10
PUBLIC SPEAKING 1
HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING
ARGUMENTATION & PERSUASION
HONORS ARGUMENTATION & PERSUASION
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 1
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION STUDIES
GROUP DISCUSSION
MASS COMMUNICATION
GENDER, COMMUNICATION & CULTURE
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
CAREER & LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION IN THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE
Total Units15