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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. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

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Total Credits: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
GUID 105
Student Success
2
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:
HLTH 101
Health and Wellness
3
HLTH 104
Stress Management
3
HLTH 174
First Aid
3
PE 170
Introduction to Physical Education
3
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 110
Insects and People
5
CHEM& 110
Chemical Concepts w/Lab
5
GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology
5
PHYS 100
Introductory Physics
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
 

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
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
Choose 5 credit from:
ART 101
Fundamentals of Drawing
4
DRMA 106
Theatre Production
1 - 5
MUSC 145
Concert Band
1 - 3
PE 187
Cross Training
2
PHOTO 101
Introduction to Photography
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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These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Suzie Heimbigner
    Suzie Heimbigner
    Curriculum Advisor
    suzie.heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3403

  • Linda Beane-Boose
    Linda Beane-Boose
    Dean of Humanities
    B.A., The College of Wooster; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois; Additional studies, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education
    linda.beane-boose@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3455
  • Khalil Islam-Zwart
    Khalil Islam-Zwart
    Communication Studies Instruct
    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
    Communication Studies Instruct
    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
    Communication Studies Instruct
    B.A., Northwest Nazarene College, Idaho; M.A., Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma
    craig.rickett@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3608
  • Darlene Rickett
    Darlene Rickett
    Communication Studies Instruct
    A.B., Speech, Bethany Nazarene College; M.A., Education, Bethany Nazarene College
    darlene.rickett@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3308
  • Nancy Schmidt
    Nancy Schmidt
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    nancy.schmidt@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-599-3503
  • Micaela Schone
    Micaela Schone
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    micaela.schone@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3373
  • Jenni Spencer
    Jenni Spencer
    Communication Studies Instruct
    B.A., Washington State University; M.A., University of New Mexico
    jenni.spencer@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3210
  • Amy Wolfsen
    Amy Wolfsen
    Communication Studies Instruct
    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