“My life’s goal is to become a teacher,” says Delta College Communications Studies major Burke Thompson. Burke says Delta’s “great teachers” inspire him. He feels being a member of Delta’s highly successful speech & debate team transformed him from “a shy hermit crab, to a less shy hermit crab.”
Communication is fundamental in everyday life. Because effective communication is the basis for successful human interaction, the ability to develop good communication skills is a desirable and obtainable goal. Effective communication skills are empowering. Competent communicators tend to be more successful in social and business realms. Their communication skills can help to strengthen relationships, contribute to their communities, and gain greater self-confidence. Additionally, employers report that they consistently rank communication competence above technical knowledge when hiring and promoting employees. According to business leaders from every industry, successful employees possess the ability to express their ideas to others with confidence and clarity.
In addition to relational and business benefits, effective communication skills are linked to critical thinking and ethical speech. As a Communication major you will learn psychology, sociology, history, English, and political science. Communication scholars borrow from multiple disciplines in order to study the motivations and execution of our communication habits, practices, and tendencies.
What are the Degree options?
- Communication Studies, Associate in Arts
- Communication Studies, Associate in Arts for Transfer
For Degree and Certificate requirements, please visit the College Catalog.
Communication Studies courses help students develop communication skills that they will use throughout their lives in a wide range of settings and for a variety of purposes. All of the values, related to successful communication, are reflected in the college mission statement. Those who are pursuing a career may choose to complete a certificate or an Associate in Arts degree and then transfer to a California State University (CSU) with a major in communication.
What can I do with my degree?
Communication degrees are versatile because there is a lot one can do with one. Possible job opportunities include, but are not limited to: marketing, public relations, speech writing, speech coach/consultant, teaching, political campaigns, labor union organizing, communication department at a corporations, spokesperson, community relations, or a professional speaker. Students find freedom with a communication degree because they can follow one of their passions. You will never be limited by a degree in communication.