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 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.
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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.View Full Program Details
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.
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.