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Communication Studies

El Camino’s communication studies degree and certificate programs prepare you for a rewarding career after graduation or for university transfer.

Our Communication Studies Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree typically takes two years to complete. Or finish the certificate program in about six months. 

Communication studies education provides a clear pathway to transfer or a rewarding career. We’ll help you complete your academic and career goals.

Approximate cost for an El Camino College degree in communication studies.
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $18,000 to $192,000 with an average salary of $53,000.
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 3.5% nationwide from 2016 to 2026.

Choose a Degree Designed for a Career or Transfer

A communication studies degree from El Camino will prepare you to transfer. Or you can use your degree to enter a career after graduating. We can help you achieve either goal.


The AA-T degree in communication studies sets you on a direct path to complete a bachelor's degree at a CSU campus. You will also get priority consideration for admission to the CSU system.

  • Develop personal and professional communication skills useful for any career you choose.
  • Gain a strong academic foundation in communication studies and prepare for university study.
  • Enroll in a program specifically designed to transfer to a CSU campus. 
  • Take classes such as public speaking, mass communication, intercultural communication, small group communication, argumentation and debate, and forensics.
  • Complete most lower-division requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
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El Camino’s certificate of achievement in communication studies will help you gain valuable communication skills for academic and professional settings.

  • Develop personal and professional communication skills useful for any career you choose.
  • Practice skills required by employers including public speaking, cultural understanding and diversity, listening skills, conflict management, effective group communication, and persuasion.
  • Examine the theories, methods and practices of communication that contribute to productivity and efficiency in private and public organizations.
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Going to El Camino College was probably the best decision I’ve ever made. After all these years trying to find myself, I’m finally here. And this is just the beginning.”

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Award-Winning Forensics Program

The Forensics Program is open to students of all majors. The Forensics Team has an outstanding reputation and consistently wins championships at every level of competition. Our team earns top rankings from the National Parliamentary Debate Association, among all college and university teams in the state and in the nation, including two-year, four-year, and Ivy League schools. As a result, our students are heavily recruited by four-year institutions, often with scholarships.

Pursue an Entry-Level Job or Further Education

With a communication studies degree or certificate from El Camino, you’ll be set to transfer immediately to begin working on a bachelor’s degree at a CSU campus or work for a variety of employers. Your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills will help build a foundation that can be used in any career path.

  • Learn skills in research, organization, critical thinking, and public speaking.
  • Build leadership as you work in teams and study groups.
  • Communicate ideas in a way that promotes understanding using precision, logic, and professionalism.
  • Explore careers in a variety of fields such as advertising, mass media, business, management, sales, training and development, social services, law, politics, and education.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $18,000 to $192,000 with an average salary of $53,000.

Put Your Education into Practice

Get hands-on career experience and opportunities to apply your communication knowledge in real-world settings.

  • Join El Camino’s powerhouse forensics team, a nationally ranked group that consistently wins championships at every level of competition.
  • Access a variety of guest speakers and internships organized by the Communication Studies Department.
  • Attend master classes, activities, and special events through our Center for the Arts, including speakers forums featuring faculty and other professional guest speakers.
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Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for the Communication Studies AA-T and the Communication Studies Certificate of Achievement in El Camino’s online catalog.

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Communication Studies Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to a Communication Studies AA-T degree or Communication Studies Certificate of Achievement.

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Connect with the Faculty

Use the Faculty Directory to connect with Faculty in your program and the Faculty Schedule list to know when your faculty are available.

Questions? Contact Us

El Camino College Communication Studies Department