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Department of Communication
College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Communication
DOUGLAS M. FRALEIGH, Chair
Speech Arts Building, Room 15
Douglas M. Fraleigh, Chair
Katherine L. Adams
Diane M. Blair
Scott D. Moore
Marnel N. Niles
Robert G. Powell
Our aim is to prepare students to understand and provide leadership in
a competitive communication-oriented society. We offer a balance of humanistic
and scientific instruction in communication skills people need to function
effectively in teaching, business, law, nonprofit organizations, public
service and administration, public relations, government, and management.
Outside the workplace, these skills will also enhance students' ability
to be active in civic engagement and community service.
Our program requires a comprehensive understanding of the breadth and depth of our discipline, as well as its major theoretical frameworks and research methodologies. Both the major and minor are grounded in the fundamental communication contexts including public, interpersonal, group, organizational, instructional, and intercultural communication. Additionally applied contexts in business communication, gerontology communication, technology, and leadership are available. Students investigate problems in diverse cultural settings, which make the San Joaquin Valley - with its tremendous ethnic diversity - an ideal location for study.
The Communication Skills for Professionals Certificate program recognizes development in such areas as presentational speaking, problem solving and decision making, leadership, and interpersonal communication.
Our program offers a variety of exciting activities to enrich students' educational experience. We have an active student organization, the Professional Communication Association, and a debate team that participates in competitive intercollegiate tournaments and hosts public debates on campus. Our annual Peach Blossom Festival brings more than 5,000 elementary-age students to campus to present prose and poetry.
We offer you personalized advising. Our major builds on a sound core of foundation courses and is completed by courses selected to meet your needs and career objectives. Our major requirements are flexible and easily integrated into a host of minors.
In the new millennium, a degree in communication opens a great number
of career doors. Increasingly, we see a wide variety of job descriptions
across professional disciplines which list competence in communication as
the highest priority. An essential goal for us is to help you develop as
a competent communicator.
In addition, we try to provide an educational base for our majors and minors for specific careers requiring competencies in oral and written communication and in interpersonal and managerial situations.
Communication graduates are employed as public relations consultants, personnel managers, political campaign directors, management analysts, teachers, counselors, lawyers, ministers, human resource specialists, and marketing representatives. We offer students a discipline widely suited to today's uncertain job market. National placement studies reveal that communication majors are finding jobs with reasonably high job satisfaction and above average pay rates, and that their rate of promotion is significantly faster.
The pursuit of a career is of great concern to students today, but it is important to recognize that the quality of your education will determine your success in life as well as how to make a living. More than half of college graduates do not enter fields directly tied to their majors.
As you begin making decisions about your life and what you want to do with it, remember that we will be happy for you to join us in the most exciting and fundamental discipline of all -- the study of human communication.