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Communication Studies

The Communication Studies department at El Camino College offers courses that develop personal and professional communication skills in interpersonal and group settings to students seeking a degree or to transfer to four-year degree programs. 

Our classes build skills in research, organization, critical thinking, argumentation, and forensics (competitive speaking). In addition, our core classes satisfy five California State University General Education (CSUGE) transfer requirements for any major.

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.

What We Offer

Associate in Arts Degree

This degree provides students with a thorough foundation in theory and practice of Communication Studies.

Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

This degree is designed to meet the needs of transferring students, guaranteeing admission to a California State University (CSU) in Communication Studies or similar degree program.

Specific major requirements for all degrees and certificates can be found in the College Catalog.

Preparation for the Transfer Major

For information on specific university major requirements, please obtain a transfer curriculum guide sheet in Counseling Services, consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Our Courses

Public Speaking • Mass Communication • Intercultural Communication • Readers Theater • Student Leadership • Small Group Communication • Argumentation and Debate • Forensics • Oral Interpretation of Literature • Organizational Communication

Course descriptions can be found in the College Catalog. To view current class offerings, refer to Online Class Schedule.

Speakers Forum

The Center for the Arts regularly presents the Speakers Forum where students can hear faculty and other professional visiting speakers on campus.

Our Facilities

Students benefit from up-to-date facilities including audio/visual recording booths and smart classrooms.

Career Goals

Students who learn to communicate ideas in a way that promotes understanding with precision, logic, and professionalism will have an advantage in today’s fast-paced competitive world. Communication Studies classes will benefit students in any career and can be a student’s first step towards a variety of careers in:

Advertising • Mass media • Business • Management • Sales • Training and development • Social services • Law • Politics • Education