Communication Studies

What is Communication Studies?

Communication Studies (formerly known as Speech Communication)  is the study of human messaging and it's impact on individual relationships, gathered audiences, and our broader society.  Part skills focused and part theory focused, classes focus on development of important skills like public speaking  and argumentation as well as complex theories of human behavior related to personal relationships and social groups.  Communication Studies emphasizes training in effective strategies of communicating with others and a greater understanding of why those strategies work (or sometimes don't).

Humanities & Communication Pathway 

Communication Majors develop skills highly in demand in a wide variety of careers.  Some of the careers that either require or highly value strong communication skills include:

  • Public Relations
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Business/Management
  • Law
  • Broadcasting
  • Teaching
  • Performing Arts

To find more information including the degree, faculty, and other resources, click here to explore the  Communication Studies AOS Site

Department Contacts

Duane Smith

Department Chair
Phone: (818) 778-5537
Office: H 108

Deborah diCesare
Academic Dean (Humanities & Communication)