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Communication Studies Courses

What is Communication Studies?

Gain In-Demand Skills


As a Communication Studies major at Mission College, you'll learn to apply effective and appropriate communication skills in interpersonal, professional, intercultural, team, and group settings.

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A fun, social learning community that helps you develop confidence and competence in oral communication.

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Honors Program

Through the Honors Program, you can take Argumentation and Debate (COM 020H) or Public Speaking (COM 001H.)

Honors Program
Courses to Consider
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Public Speaking (COM 001)

Learn the skills necessary to present in front of an audience.

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Work in a small group to practice communication, make decisions, and improve at leadership.

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Argumentation and Debate (COM 020)

Address some deep questions like the following. What is an “argument”? Why do we argue? What makes a person more or less persuasive? 

Intercultural Communication. Two men and one woman work together at a table. She is of Asian descent and wears glasses. One man is African-American, and the other is of Middle-East extraction.
Intercultural Communication (COM 008)

Examine the influence of culture on the interpretation of the communication and on the skills that improve intercultural communication. 

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Interviewing Skills (COM 019A)

Develop and practice interviewing skills, including pre-interview preparation, dynamics of an interview, salary negotiations, and follow-up.

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Professional Communication (COM 015)

A survey of interpersonal, group, organizational, and public communication with an emphasis on professional contexts.

Employers Seek Communication Skills

A survey of nearly 600 employers revealed what they want most from new graduate business hires—they want people who can speak well, write well, listen to others, present well, sell ideas to others, and negotiate with others in the course of running a business—in other words, they want communicators, with a capital C.*

Communication Studies Jobs Near Me
Skills Needed

These skills regularly out-rank teamwork and problem-solving as skills employers look for in job candidates. All of these skills are taught in our Communication Studies courses.

  • Listening Skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
Career Paths

If you don't know what to major in, or you already have a major but don't know how it translates into a career, start here. At Mission we can help you research your major and career options so you can make informed decisions. Read more about Career paths.

Select Jobs for Communication Studies Majors

While some of these positions require an advanced degree, others only require an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies (or in a related discipline.) 

  • Broadcaster
  • Consumer Affairs Specialist
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Elected Official
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Community Affairs 
  • Business Executive
  • Journalist
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Management Consultant
  • Salesperson
  • Actor or Performer
  • Psychologist

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