SFCC

Communication Studies

Careers in Communication

  • Governor of Washington
  • Law and Legal Support
  • Education
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business Management
  • Organizational Management
  • Diplomacy
  • Public Relations
  • Press Secretary
  • Opinion Research
  • Journalism
  • TV and Radio
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Analysis & Presentation
  • Motivational Speaking
  • Communication Director
  • Spokesperson
  • Advocacy Group Direction

Careers in Communication

Studying Communication allows students the opportunity to branch out into a wide variety of satisfying and lucrative career paths. Since career success relies on a person's ability to communicate effectively, developing good communication skills can help in virtually every professional field. The skills and perceptions that students learn in Communication classes can be immediately applied to their personal and professional relationships.

See the table to the right for some ideas of how other students have applied their learning from Communication Studies programs.


Communications Studies Courses Offered

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits
CMST& 101Introduction to Communication 5.0
CMST 114Oral Interpretation of Literature 5.0
CMST 121Job Communication Skills 2.0-5.0
CMST& 210Interpersonal Communication 5.0
CMST& 220Public Speaking 5.0
CMST 223Intercollegiate Speech and Debate 1.0-5.0
CMST 224Intercollegiate Speech and Debate 1.0-5.0
CMST 225Intercollegiate Speech and Debate 1.0-5.0
CMST 226Gender Communication 5.0
CMST 227Intercultural Communication 5.0
CMST 229Argumentation and Debate 5.0
CMST& 230Small Group Communication 5.0
CMST 294Special Topics in Speech Communication 3.0-5.0

Speech & Debate

These classes, Communication Studies 223, 224, and 225, prepare the student to participate in intercollegiate speech and debate competition. Students in Communication Studies 223 learn advanced public speaking techniques associated with prepared and limited prepared public address. Communication Studies 224 focuses on the skills necessary to debate effectively in front of a judge and in the presence of an opposing team. Communication Studies 225 prepares students to compete in oral interpretation events, introducing students to quality literature and the skills necessary to analyze, cut, and present enlightening and entertaining oral readings.

The competitive speech and debate classes coincide tournament travel with the speech and debate club. We travel to 2 or 3 tournaments per quarter. We compete on the Northwest Forensic Conference.

For more information, please contact Craig Rickett: CraigR@spokanefalls.edu, or (509) 533-3608.

For current information on club activities and events, please visit Online Syllabus, Rickett, Craig, Competitive Speech and Debate.


All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits

Gender Communication

This class focuses on the learning and application of theories related to gender communication. Students learn both verbal and nonverbal gender-based styles of communication, perceptual and information processing differences, stereo-typing, and gender-based socialization within a variety of cultural perspectives. Students will study gender communication as it relates to friendships and workplace relationships.

For more information, please contact Amy Wolfsen: AmyWol@spokanefalls.edu

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits

Intercultural Communication

This class focuses on a culture-general approach to learning about intercultural communication. Students can learn through experience the skills necessary to improve their communication across cultural boundaries. Students will have opportunities to interact with students and guests from other cultures. Students also gain insight into their own culture and understand better the social forces that help shape and maintain that culture.

This class fulfills the "D" (Diversity) requirement for the AA degree.

For more information, please contact: All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits

Interpersonal Communication

This course focuses on learning and applying theories related to interpersonal communication within a variety of relationships. Students will study the skills and techniques associated with personal growth, verbal and nonverbal communication, active listening, stress management, and conflict management skills which lead to healthy personal relationships.

** This class is cross listed with HS 136: Improving Interpersonal Communication and fulfills the same certification requirements. This class also transfers to baccalaureate college and university programs which may require interpersonal communication.

For more information, please contact Amy Wolfsen: AmyWol@spokanefalls.edu

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits

Small Group Communication

This class explores effective communication and leadership in small groups. Students examine aspects of group process; including leadership, conflict management, decision-making, conformity, cultural challenges, problem solving and critical thinking. Students work in groups to test theories and practice application of course concepts.

For more information, please contact Larry Massey: LarryM@spokanefalls.edu

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits
Christine Gregoire

Christine Gregoire
Former Governor
State of Washington

"My speech degree has been very useful to me in my career as a public employee. It's crucial that I am able to convey my ideas and messages not only to Washingtonians, but to state employees and leaders around the world. The classes I took improved my public speaking skills, and they have made me confident in my ability to address large groups as well as communicate in smaller, interpersonal situations."


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