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Communication Studies

If you want to improve your speaking and listening skills, or you want to turn your strong communication skills into a career, a degree in Communication Studies could be right for you.

In this program, you’ll take courses in public speaking; Interpersonal Communication, Gender Communication and Cultural Communication; and debate and argumentation. You’ll also study the role of communication in organizations and in a profession. This two-year program prepares you to transfer to a four-year school with a major or minor in communication studies, drama or radio/television.

Whether you want to work in public relations, human resources, theatre or broadcasting, this program can prepare you for a range of professional opportunities. It’s also excellent background for human services, legal, political and business careers.

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs and goals.

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Total Credits: 82

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
Choose 1 course from:
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
MATH& 146
Introduction to Statistics
5
PHIL& 120
Symbolic Logic
5
Choose 1 course from:
ART& 100
Art Appreciation
5
DRMA& 101
Introduction to Theater
5
FILM 141
Introduction to Film
5
FILM 224
Contemporary Global Cinema
5
MUSC 106
History of Popular Music
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CMST& 210
Interpersonal Communication
5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 100
Survey of Anthropology
5
ANTH& 206
Cultural Anthropology
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
SOC 221
Race and Ethnic Relations
5
SOC& 201
Social Problems
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication
5
Choose 1 course from:
ASTR& 101
Introduction to Astronomy
5
BIOL 100
Environmental Biology
5
CHEM& 110
Chemical Concepts w/Lab
5
GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology
5
PHYS 100
Introductory Physics
5
Choose 1 course from:
HLTH 101
Health and Wellness
3
HLTH 104
Stress Management
3
HLTH 174
First Aid
3
PE 170
Introduction to Physical Education
3
Choose 2 credit from:
ART Studio
 
3 - 4
DRMA 108
Theatre Production
2
HPRL Activity Group B
 
2
MUSC Performance
 
2
Total Credits
 
7
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 205
Biological Anthropology
5
ASTR& 100
Survey of Astronomy
5
CHEM 116
Reactions: Our Actions and Inactions
5
GEOL 116
Environmental Geology
5
Choose 1 course from:
ASL& 121
American Sign Language I
5
CMST 226
Gender Communication
5
CMST 229
Argumentation and Advocacy
5
CMST& 220
Public Speaking
5
FRCH& 121
French I
5
JAPN& 121
Japanese I
5
JOURN 110
Mass Media
5
SPAN& 121
Spanish I
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 100
Survey of Anthropology
5
ANTH& 206
Cultural Anthropology
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
SOC& 101
Introduction to Sociology
5
SOC& 201
Social Problems
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
ENGL 247
American Multicultural Literature
5
HUM& 101
Introduction to Humanities
5
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
5
PHIL& 101
Introduction to Philosophy
5
PHIL& 115
Critical Thinking
5
Choose 1 course from:
ECON 100
Fundamentals of Economics
5
ECON& 202
Macro Economics
5
HIST& 137
US History 2
5
POLS& 202
American Government
5
POLS& 203
International Relations
5
Choose 1 course from:
CMST 226
Gender Communication
5
CMST 229
Argumentation and Advocacy
5
CMST& 220
Public Speaking
5
JOURN 110
Mass Media
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
DRMA& 101
Introduction to Theater
5
ENGL& 102
Composition II
5
FILM 141
Introduction to Film
5
HUM& 101
Introduction to Humanities
5
PHOTO 101
Introduction to Photography
5
Choose 1 course from:
CMST 229
Argumentation and Advocacy
5
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
CMST& 220
Public Speaking
5
JOURN 110
Mass Media
5
Choose 1 course from:
GEOL& 100
Survey of Earth Science
5
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
MATH& 146
Introduction to Statistics
5
PHIL& 120
Symbolic Logic
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create your own personal education plan, customized to you interests and goals, your starting quarter, your schedule (part-time or full-time), any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
This Program Map is the recommended schedule for students who want to earn the AA-DTA (Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer agreement with a focus on this area of study. To see the full AA-DTA worksheet, click here.

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  • Khalil Islam-Zwart
    Khalil Islam-Zwart
    Speech
    B.A., M.A., Eastern Washington University; Additional studies, Washington State University
    khalil.islam-zwart@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3267
  • Larry Massey
    Larry Massey
    Speech
    B.G.S., Gonzaga University; M.A. University of Washington; additional studies, University of Washington
    larry.massey@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3518
  • Craig Rickett
    Craig Rickett
    Speech
    B.A., Northwest Nazarene College, Idaho; M.A., Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma
    craig.rickett@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3608
  • Darlene Rickett
    Darlene Rickett
    Speech
    A.B., Speech, Bethany Nazarene College; M.A., Education, Bethany Nazarene College
    darlene.rickett@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3308
  • Jenni Spencer
    Jenni Spencer
    Speech
    B.A., Washington State University; M.A., University of New Mexico
    jenni.spencer@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3210
  • Amy Wolfsen
    Amy Wolfsen
    Speech
    B.A., Walla Walla College; M.A., Washington State University; additional study Eastern Washington University, La Sierra University, University of Utah
    amy.wolfsen-norton@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3825

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Jenni Spencer

Faculty
jenni.spencer@sfcc.spokane.edu
 
 

Suzie Heimbigner

Curriculum Advisor
suzie.heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3403
Building 24, Office 108C