Communication Studies (Area of Study)
Working with people requires excellent verbal communication skills. Communication skills are some of the most important skills employers look for in college students preparing for the workplace, regardless of major or degree. Clark College offers courses in interpersonal, small group, and public speaking, as well as studies in mass communication, cross-cultural, and persuasion theory.

Effective communication is vital for success in most careers. Communication Studies courses enhance many degree programs and can help students develop skills that are beneficial for a variety of different fields. Students pursuing an associate in arts, an applied science degree, or a certificate of proficiency can benefit from Communication Studies courses, and many four-year degree programs require that students take at least one Communication Studies course.

Students pursuing a four-year degree in Communication Studies are strongly advised to consult a Communication Studies faculty member and an advisor from their transfer institution for assistance in planning their degree program.

Competitive Speaking and Debate Team

Students who enjoy public speaking will find a prestigious home on the Clark College Competitive Speaking and Debate Team. The team has a long history of success, having won state, regional, and national championships. The team's notoriety extends around the globe, as team members have traveled to Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, and Great Britain to compete.

Students are encouraged to join the team to improve public speaking and critical thinking abilities, as well to as increase confidence and poise. For more information, contact the speech and debate director at 360-992-2285.

Career Opportunities

Students often ask, "What can I do with a communication degree?" Choosing the best educational path to a satisfying job and successful career can be difficult for a student. In a national survey of 1,000 human resource managers, oral communication skills are identified as valuable for both obtaining information and successful job performance. Fortune 500 executives indicate that college students need better communication skills, as well as the ability to work in teams and with people from diverse backgrounds. A degree in communication is useful for the following careers:

Administrative Services
College Professor
Community Affairs
Conflict Resolution Specialist
Customer Service
Health Communication
Hotel Management
Human Development
International Relations
Marriage Counselor
Police Officer
Public Relations
Radio & Television Broadcasting
Social Services

Communication Studies Courses

Many Clark students earn their Associate in Arts degree at Clark, transfer to a four-year institution with a junior standing and go on to earn their bachelor's degree in communication. Communication Studies department courses typically transfer to four-year institutions. However, students should contact their transfer institution to clarify each course's transferability.