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?
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 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.
Sinclair’s Journalism Program
Sinclair Community College offers three journalism courses: JOU 2101, JOU 2203, and JOU 2297, and an internship, JOU 2270. Journalism 2101 provides an introduction to the newspaper business and instruction in the basic concepts and practices of news reporting and writing, including feature and online writing styles. Students also have the opportunity to submit their work for possible publication in the Clarion, Sinclair’s student newspaper. Journalism 2203 teaches students how to report for the Internet, write a blog, and create stories using a variety of platforms. JOU 2297 is a special topics course that varies according to the semester it is offered. In the 2011 summer course, students created a magazine on Sinclair’s DEI program.
Students who have successfully completed two journalism courses can apply for JOU 2270, an internship at the Dayton Daily News or other professional journalistic experience. This internship provides valuable, real-life experience for students who plan to pursue a career in journalism.
These courses, along with the Communication core courses, give students a solid foundation for transferring to a four-year university.