Employers cite effective communication as one of the most important skills they seek in employees regardless of their field of work. Today’s workplace requires the ability to work effectively in teams, critically evaluate information, communicate professionally, demonstrate leadership skills, present information confidently, make conscientious communication choices in a variety of cultural contexts, and interact effectively with others to build productive work environments.
Communication courses also impact students’ self-assessment and growth in terms of communication competence and confidence.
The Communication Studies department at Clark College empowers students with these skills by offering courses in Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Public Speaking, Mass Media, Intercultural Communication and Organizational Communication.
The goals of the Communication Studies Department:
- Respond to local and global demands for communication knowledge.
- Provide students with frameworks in which to understand communication processes to help them navigate through a world of complex messages and situations.
- Enhance communication skills in interpersonal, small group, public speaking and cultural communication.
- Develop proficiency in sending and receiving messages.
- Develop student's ability to evaluate messages analytically and critically.
- Provide students the tools of understanding and practice that allow them to function as engaged citizens.