Communication

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. 

Career and 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.