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Spokane Falls Community College
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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
Suzie Heimbigner, Guided Pathways Curriculum Advisor Humanities Pathway
Suzie joined the staff at SFCC in July 2021. She brings over a decade of experience supporting student success, beginning her career with Spokane Virtual Learning (SVL), the online learning program of Spokane Public Schools. While with SVL, Suzie led a team of student support staff and was integral in the development of a multi-tiered intervention structure focused on student achievement. Suzie holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Idaho.
Suzie is happy to serve as the Curriculum Advisor and point of contact for students in the Humanities Pathway.
Linda Beane-Boose, Dean of Humanities at SFCC since 2016, has enjoyed a career in higher education which spans thirty years, including positions as director of faculty development, founding director of academic service-learning, and founding director of language services for the Center for International Education at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin. She has experience in faculty development and mentorship, pedagogical innovation, enhancing institutional mission, accreditation, and administration. Linda has held leadership positions in the Professional and Organizational Development Network for Higher Education which focuses on faculty development. She completed a BA from the College of Wooster before earning her Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Linda’s favorite thing about being dean is working together with dedicated faculty and staff to advance the mission of SFCC. She loves collaborating with others to better serve students, faculty, and the community. In her spare time, Linda enjoys cooking, gardening, wine tasting, cross-training, and biking, hiking and cross-country skiing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Khalil Islam-Zwart has worked in higher education for over 20 years in student affairs, academic advising and retention, and teaching (since 2005). Khalil joined the SFCC faculty in 2009.
Khalil earned a BA and a master of public administration from Eastern Washington University and studied organizational and intercultural communication at WSU. In addition, he has been a fellow with the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication since 2001 and is active in a number of professional and civic organizations in the Spokane area.
Larry Massey began teaching communication after 20 years in business as a sales and marketing executive and senior manager in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is a tenured faculty member at SFCC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University and a master’s from the University of Washington. He is a member of the Iota Rho Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta , the National Communication Association Honor Society, and Phi Sigma Tau, the National Philosophy Association Honor Society.
Craig Rickett (pronouns: he/him/his) joined the SFCC faculty in 1991 and teaches public speaking and argumentation and advocacy.He coached the SFCC intercollegiate speech and debate program from 1991 – 2012. Rickett is the co-author of the textbook "Debating by Doing" (McGraw Hill, 1996). In addition, he is also an erstwhile performer, director, and instructor in SFCC’s drama program.
Teaching college-level students since 1980, Darlene Rickett specializes in intercultural communication. She co-chairs SFCC’s Intercultural Week and initiated an international peer mentoring program. She also participated in the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and is a certified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory. Rickett graduated from Southern Nazarene University and holds a master’s in speech education.
Nancy has a PhD in Philosophy with an emphasis in Communication, Psychology, & Education, MA in Organizational Communications from WSU. She was once the co-chair for a Strut Your Mutt Fundraiser. She lives in Colorado and teaches online classes.
Micaela Schone has been working in higher education since 2004, with experience in financial aid, admissions and academic advising before following her passion of teaching communication studies in 2007. She earned her B.A and M.A. in communication from the University of Minnesota Duluth and the University of Wisconsin Superior. She has a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella University. Micaela joined SFCC in 2015.
Jenni Spencer joined the SFCC faculty in 2009. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at Washington State University and her master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico. She has taught communication courses since 1995 in a variety of of areas, specializing in intercultural communication and online instruction.
Amy Wolfsen joined the SFCC faculty in 2006. She has a master's in communication from Washington State University. Her interest and expertise are interpersonal communication, gender communication, and small group processes. She also has training and certificates in curriculum development and online instruction.
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