What you can learn

Communication studies challenge students to be attentive to communicative behaviors in multiple contexts. Spanning the methods of social scientific, humanistic, and aesthetic inquiry, classes are designed to improve message delivery, analysis, and interpretation in ways that demonstrate critical and analytical thinking. Whether you are interested in finding out how to improve personal, professional, and social relationships, learning the communication dynamics in and around organizations, evaluating information to make informed decisions, or gaining media industry experience, our department is dedicated to teaching students how to be effective professionals and critically informed citizens.


  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Media production and analysis
  • Public relations
  • Public speaking
  • Community engagement
  • Quantitative and qualitative research 


  • Understanding theories of communication
  • Speaking and writing effectively in a variety of contexts
  • Working effectively in groups
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of messages 


  • Community relations and public affairs
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Motivational speaking
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Event planning 

Career Opportunities

  • Mitech
  • E. & J. Gallo
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Hilmar Cheese
  • Stanislaus County

Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, with tracks in:
    - Relational & Organizational Communication
    - Public Communication & Media
  • Those majoring in Liberal Studies and Social Sciences can complete their concentration in Communication Studies

Updated: November 06, 2023