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Why choose Communication Studies at PCC?

What students are saying

“Taking a public speaking course gave me better interview skills, more confidence, and better organization in speeches. It really has helped me give speeches and reports in my other classes.”

A democratic society depends on active, educated members of society, which in turn requires skilled communicators. Learning the principles of communication can make you a more effective participant in the great debate that we call democracy.

Learning how to speak publicly is important to your success in college. You will also learn how to better interact with others, improve your relationships, and understand differences in how people see the world. Improve and develop your speaking skills in our speech and presentation labs.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
University transfer 2 years at PCC + 2 years at university

What will you learn?

Classes cover subjects such as:

  • Business and professional communication
  • Gender and communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Listening
  • Mass communication
  • Persuasive speaking
  • Public speaking
  • Small group communication
  • Interpersonal communication

Want to deepen your knowledge? Consider the Communication Studies focus award.

What will you do?

Effective communication will increase your chances of finding a job – employers listed “ability to communicate clearly” as the most important skill in a new employee. Your ability to communicate is your ticket to advancement – a survey of 500 executives rated speaking skills second only to job knowledge as the most important factor in a business person’s success.

Next steps

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