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Students seeking an exciting career in the broadcast industry need a solid foundation of industry knowledge and skills to succeed. Pierce College's Communication Studies program provides this foundation by preparing students to transfer to a four-year college for further study of communications and broadcasting.

Pierce's core Communication Studies courses cover the basics of business and mass media, public speaking, newswriting, and technology. From there, students may choose an area of emphasis to further their understanding and gain additional, specialized skills.

Transfer Possibilities
Students typically working toward their transfer degree (Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Associates) take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Communication Studies courses may be taken as electives and are especially valuable to students planning on majoring in this field at a four-year school. Check with the school you wish to attend for detailed information on transfer requirements.

Rhetoric and Public Address Emphasis

Students wishing to focus on these areas of communication at a four-year college are encouraged to take the following Pierce College courses:

  • Intro to Communication (CMST& 101)
  • New Media Presentation (CMST 210)
  • Public Speaking (CMST& 220)
  • Composition - Writing About Literature (ENGL 107)
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100)

Students are also encouraged to take additional courses in English, history, music, philosophy, political science, and more to round our their experience and understanding.

Interpersonal Communications Emphasis

Students wishing to focus more on how communication works, what makes it successful across different barriers, and how to become effective can choose this area of emphasis. Courses include:

  • Intro to Communication (CMST& 101)
  • Intercultural Communication (CMST& 105)
  • New Media Presentation (CMST 210)
  • Public Speaking (CMST& 220)
  • Small Group Communication (CMST&230)
  • Survey of Anthropology (ANTH& 100)
  • Cultural Anthropology (ANTH& 206)
  • Survey of Economics (ECON 110)
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100)
  • Lifespan Psychology (PSYC& 200)
  • Psychology of Personal Growth (PSYC 201)
  • Intro to Sociology (SOC& 101)

Fred Metzger
Communication/Theatre/Film Instructor

Nikki Poppen-Eagan
Speech Instructor

Joshua Potter
Associate Professor - Communication Studies & Drama