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Overview

The field of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication. 

Communication is a learned skill. Most people are born with the physical ability to talk, but we learn to speak well and communicate effectively. Speaking, listening, and our ability to understand verbal and nonverbal meanings are skills we develop in various ways. We learn basic communication skills by observing other people and modeling our behaviors based on what we see. We also are taught some communication skills by learning about them, practicing them and having them evaluated.

Phoenix College communication courses provide students with solid foundations in the theory and skills necessary for effective communication in interpersonal, small group and public contexts. 

Skills & Knowledge

Examples of skills learned and knowledge gained through successful completion of specific communication courses include:

  • Personal, social and professional relationships
  • Resume writing, interviewing, public presentation, small group interaction and conflict negotiation
  • Public speaking - informative, persuasive and special occasion
  • Small group interaction
  • Elements of human communication: perception, listening, language and nonverbal

Program Certificate & Degree Options

While this program does not offer a program certificate or degree option, most courses satisfy the oral communication requirements or program electives in fulfillment of an Associates Degree or AGEC Certificate.

For specific course or program requirements, meet with an academic advisor.

Transfer

Most communication courses are designed for university transfer. Students should contact the Transfer Center for specific information on transfer requirements.

Employment Outlook

Communication majors can find career opportunities in a variety of fields, including public relations, teaching, law, consulting, human resources and business. For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.