The Communication Studies program provides an inquiry into the problems and circumstances involved with the sharing and exchange of information and ideas between and among individuals and societies. Communication Studies offers training and skills accepted as necessary for success in public and private life. A broadly based discipline, Communication Studies includes public speaking, interpersonal and group communication, broadcast communication, journalism, graphic design, photography and multimedia.
Students may transfer as Communication Studies majors to the university level and/or use their background as an introduction to such careers as journalist, broadcast journalist, public information specialist, media researcher, public opinion analyst, script writer, reporter, editor of video, film or print media, governmental staff position, graphic designer, photographer and multimedia designer.
Communication Studies is a broadly based discipline that includes public speaking, mass and mediated communication, journalism, interpersonal, intercultural and group communication. The degree program allows students to critically analyze information and arguments, evaluate and create effective oral and written messages, write and deliver effective presentations and formulate communication solutions to problems in professional and personal contexts. This degree program will prepare students to transfer as Communication Studies majors to the university level as well as use their education as an introduction to careers in fields such as journalism, public relations, fundraising, law, broadcasting, mediation, human resources, customer relations, business management and education.
The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree and meeting the CSU minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to earn a bachelor’s degree. To earn the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0, including:
It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
If you have a desire to major in communications but don't know what your concentration should be, we have an excellent option for you. Here, you will learn a broad foundation of basic communication skills from creating presentations to writing in the workplace. This is a helpful degree for anybody planning to work in a company or other organization.
Even an artist can benefit highly from developing good communication skills. Here, you will learn all of the basics of General Communications while applying graphic design, from Web pages to digital imaging, for the workplace. There are plenty of options to choose from, including portfolio development, ensuring that you get the most out of your time here at Sierra College.
From videos to web casts, multimedia is all over the workplace today. Take General Communications courses to build communication skills with a focus in multimedia design. Apply your work with imagination, function and simplicity.
Mix the basics of Communications with applied photography. Learn to record information though photographs and gain useful communication skills for the workplace. This is a good choice for the aspiring photojournalist.