Communication

Communication is one of the most important things we do. It is an integral part of our daily lives - at home, school, and on our jobs. Yet, very few have mastered the basics. Yes, most of us can talk at will, but communication is much more than conversation.

According to the National Communication Association, "the field of communication focuses on how people use verbal and nonverbal messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media." The foundation of communication is the sending and receiving of messages in verbal, nonverbal, written, or pictorial form, and our interpretation - or misinterpretation - of these messages. How well do we really understand messages being conveyed? Are we really and fully listening?

Why major in Communication?

Sinclair's Communication program provides a comprehensive study of communication and exposes students to the basics as well as to advanced techniques, tools, and philosophies that will equip them with the necessary skills they need to transmit information more effectively in various environments.

The Communication Department impacts all students at Sinclair in one way or another. Although a select group pursues an Associate of Arts degree in Communication, many more students are required to take Interpersonal Communication and/or Effective Public Speaking as part of the General Education curriculum.

The Communication program includes courses in mass media, public speaking, interpersonal, small group communication and communication theory to name a few. Additionally, after obtaining an Associate degree in Communication, students can further advance their studies by transferring to a four-year institution in pursuit of a Bachelor's degree in Communication or a related discipline.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You enjoy interacting with others in any variety of venues.
  • You would like to enhance your current communication techniques.
  • You are interested in learning more about the media and journalism.
  • You would like to gain new skills that will help you in every job position.

Information:

 

Available Programs

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Associate of Arts
Communication Studies

Communication is the study of interactions between people in interpersonal, small group, public speaking, organizational and mass-media settings. This degree can lead to successful transfer to a four-year college or university baccalaureate program. Through careful course selection, a program of study can be planned to satisfy a student's particular educational and career interests. Enhancing communication skills provides invaluable benefits for all students, regardless of major. Specific articulation agreements have been developed with Wright State University and the University of Dayton. See an academic advisor for appropriate course selection. As part of this degree program, students must complete the requirements of the Ohio Transfer Module in order to graduate.

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Multimedia Journalism

Communication is the study of interactions between people in interpersonal, small group, public speaking, organizational and mass-media settings. The Multimedia Journalism emphasis degree is a collaboration of the Communication, Journalism and Visual Communication programs. Multimedia journalism is presently the fastest growing area of journalism. It will also prove valuable for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university baccalaureate program to continue their studies in journalism or mass communication. As part of this degree program, students must complete the requirements of the Ohio Transfer Module in order to graduate.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Professional Communication

Communication skills are critically important for everyone. Earning a professional communication certificate can be an important key to career success. Completion of the certificate will demonstrate to current and prospective employers that a student recognizes the importance of various communication skills and strategies in a variety of professional settings. The results of a 2011 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers showed verbal communication skills as the number one soft skill that employers sought in new college graduates looking to join their organizations.

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Mission

The Department of Communication's primary mission is to fulfill students' oral communication general education requirement. More specifically, students develop skills to effectively communicate in interpersonal, intercultural, group and public speaking situations. Communication courses provide students opportunities for personal enrichment, enhancement of social development, and career and professional growth. Associate of Arts degrees in Communication from Sinclair can lead to successful transfer to four-year colleges or universities. This can provide career opportunities in such areas as communication, journalism, broadcast media, education, business, industry, government, law, ministry, social services, public relations or provide valuable communication skills to enrich any career. Specific articulation agreements have been developed with Wright State University and University of Dayton.

Vision

Communication is the study of interactions between people in interpersonal, small group, public speaking, organizational, and mass media settings. This degree can lead to a successful transfer to a four-year college or university baccalaureate program. A communication degree can provide opportunities in journalism, speech education, business, industry, government, broadcast media, law, ministry, social services and public relations. Through careful course selection and internship experience, a program of study can be planned to satisfy students' particular educational and career interests. Enhancing communication skills provides invaluable benefits for all students, regardless of major. See an academic counselor for appropriate course selection.


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