Communication is the basis for all relationships and is the key to success in our personal, social, and professional lives. A Communication degree helps students further develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of areas within the discipline.
The Associate of Arts in Communication is designed so students may choose the emphasis area that best suits their needs and interests. All students working toward an Associate of Arts in Communication degree are required to take 9 credit hours of core courses in Communication: CO/M 1000 Introduction to Mass Media, CO/M 1040 Introduction to Human Communication, and CO/M 1010 Public Speaking OR CO/M 1030 Interpersonal Communication.
Students may choose to focus on one of three emphasis areas in the communication field:
- Human Communication
The Human Communication emphasis focuses on human communication theory and research, as well as applied skills in diverse communication settings and interactions, preparing students for any profession or career or for transfer to a four-year institution. The Human Communication emphasis is relevant for those seeking careers or further education in administration, business, counseling, education, health services, leadership, the ministry, and government and social services, to note a few.
The Journalism emphasis offers crucial foundation courses that prepare students for a print media career or for further study in Journalism at a four-year institution. A third choice is the Multimedia emphasis which offers students flexibility in their course of study with courses that give students a foundation for a career or for further study in print, video, radio, and/or web media, depending on the students’ interests and needs.
All emphasis areas offer students opportunities for skill development in workshops, in cooperative learning courses, and in service learning experiences.
Activities at CC
In addition to excellent classes, the Communication department offers a variety of activities for students and faculty:
- A nationally ranked forensics program affiliated with Phi Rho Pi, Cross-Examination Debate Association, American Forensics Association and National Parliamentary Debate Association
- Chinook student newspaper
- Internships at local TV and radio stations, and newspapers
- Faculty Associations - Western States Communication Association, Phi Rho Pi, AFA, PBA.
Gretchen Wheeler, Department Chair and Oral Communication Lab
Crystal Sosalla, Academic Assistant
Doug Hall, Director of Forensics
Jordan Johnson, Assistant Director of Forensics
Peter Van Houten