Program available at/via: [Walla Walla][Online (full)]
Department Overview: The Communication Studies Department offers courses designed to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of communication in order to communicate effectively tto a wide variety of audiences. Communication is an essential skill that will benefit students in their personally and professionally.
Program Level Outcomes:
- Develop and employ verbal and nonverbal skills essential for communicating, oral presentations, and effectively building relationships with others.
- Utilize appropriate listening techniques.
- Formulate and demonstrate the process of designing a successful oral presentation from outline to delivery.
- Identify and describe the ethics of public speaking.
- Identify, define, and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
- Compare and contrast similarities and differences in the communication behaviors of different cultures.
Degrees: Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits), which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).
Preparation for Success: Communication Studies will prepare students to be effective communicators in a wide variety of settings and fields. Students wishing to major in communications at four-year institutions should work closely with advisors to take a well-rounded liberal arts program as well as meet specific requirements at transfer institutions.
Other Information: The Communication Studies Department supports students’ efforts to fulfill degree requirements by offering a required course in public speaking.