The Communication Studies Department welcomes you!


Communication Studies (also known as Speech Communication) majors are currently in a lot of demand, and provide a broad amount of expertise toward the ways humans communicate with each other, both in verbal and nonverbal forms. Subjects range from public relations to organizational management, with potential jobs such as:

  • Public Relations Manager
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Journalism/Copywriting
  • Media production
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Recruiter
  • Corporate Training

Check out this list for more information on Communication Studies!

Furthermore, Communication Studies is seen as an excellent degree choice for law school, as it prepares you for a job as an attorney by honing your writing, critical thinking and reasoning skills. Many communication studies majors also easily get into popular business schools and MBA programs.

Students interested in demonstrating or improving their communication and presentation skills should consider signing up with the nationally ranked Los Angeles Valley College Speech and Debate Team. Students that are shy, or have issues communicating verbally are encouraged to join. Click here for more information.

As you ponder your future we hope that you consider the Speech Communication major and/or degree. Many assume that the major is all about public speaking, but the emphasis is much more about the study of how human beings communicate than just speech. The goal of the degree is to make you a more skilled communicator and help you understand the sometimes complicated process of how human beings communicate with each other.


The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.


Required Courses: 3
Comm 101 Oral Communication I (Public Speaking) 3 units
List A: Select Two Courses 6
Comm 104 Argumentation 3 units
Comm 121 Interpersonal Communication 3 units
Comm 151 Small Group Communication 3 units
List B: Select Two Courses 6
Comm 122 Communication Across Cultures 3 units
Comm 130 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3 units
Any course not used in List A 3 units
Select One Course: 3
English 103 Critical Thinking and English Composition 3 units
Comm 102 Oral Communication II (Debate) 3 units
Comm 105 Critical Thinking 3 units
Comm 106 Forensics (Limited to 3 units) 3 units
Any course not used in Lists A or B 3 units
Total: 18 Units

If you have any questions about the major or any of our programs please stop by Humanities 108.

Sincerely, The Speech Communication Department.