Communication Studies

Program Description

The 90-credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Communication is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Law, Medicine and Education.

Communication Studies — What is it?

Communication Studies is an academic field that encompasses a wide range of topics from face-to-face conversation to speeches to mass mediated contexts such as social networking, the internet and television broadcasting. U.S. programs in Communication Studies often include Organizational, Interpersonal, Intercultural, Rhetoric, and Mass Communication; Advertising and Human Relations; Journalism; Film Criticism; Theatre; Media Studies, Radio, Television and Film Production .

Contact Us
Faculty and Advising
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Avenue N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696
Email Mimi Harvey
Room 5321
Phone 206-546-4796
  Brooke Zimmers
Room 5320
Phone 206-546-4796
Mon - Thurs 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 Contemporary issues in Communication Studies:

Interpersonal Relations; Conflict Management; Marriage and Family; Social Networking; Mediated Communication; Social Justice (class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, race, ethnicity); Intercultural Relations; Small Group Dynamics; Public Health; Storytelling; Public Relations; and Ethics.

Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication?

Graduates of Communication can be found in a variety of fields like academia, business, media production, human and public relations, journalism and consulting. There are jobs in Federal, State and Local Governments, Public Advocacy Organizations, Private Foundations, Non-Profit Organizations, Labor Unions, Industries and Corporations. For more, please visit  Career Counseling.

Program Outcomes
  • Using verbal and non-verbal messages, read, listen, interpret and communicate appropriately while considering audience and context.

  • Examine values, assumptions and perceptions across cultures, contexts and perspectives to develop self-awareness about one’s own communication behaviors.

  • Identify communication strategies that influence public and private attitudes and perceptions.

  • Contribute to communal discovery of meaning by sharing ideas as well as by listening and responding to the ideas of others with understanding, compassion, empathy and integrity.

  • Reflect critically and empathically on expressions of human experience, across cultures, contexts and perspectives, integrating perception, intellect, emotion and imagination.

Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?

An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our  transfer agreements page  for a list of those options.  For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the  AA-DTA . For international students, Shoreline also has  conditional admission agreements  that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.

Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree