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Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement
509-533-7348 or 509-533-8883
Division of Arts and Sciences
Bldg. 1, Room 203
Communication plays a pivotal role in personal, academic, and professional success. Relationships are built based on individuals’ ability to communicate with one another, and effective communication can make all the difference in establishing a strong, long-term partnership. Regardless of your career choice, employers and colleagues will evaluate your communication skills as a part of your overall effectiveness in your field. Even if you’re a strong communicator, each of us has areas that could be improved.
Communication students learn about various communication techniques. This includes public speaking, interpersonal communication, conflict management, and intercultural communication. In these courses, you’ll learn the relationship between messages and audiences in different contexts and how to create and deliver content to effectively reach certain groups and target demographics.
Researchers have found that college students spend an average of 61% of their waking hours engaged in some form of communication. Whether you’re planning to earn a certificate, transfer to a four-year university, or taking classes for personal or professional enrichment, our communication courses can help you reach your goals.
Out of state students please refer to the tuition of "non-resident with waiver" section of web catalog.
Ability to attend on-campus classes.
Review the Associate of Arts Transfer Degree requirements worksheet here.
Communication is one of the most versatile disciplines, with jobs spanning a broad range of industries. There are many career paths communications students can choose. Some careers require a bachelor’s or master’s degree, while others require a two-year degree or certificate.
A few fields in which communication studies students can flourish are:
Social & human services
Search our site to learn more about communication courses and transfer degree options.
Assures you more confidence
Helps you develop and maintain quality personal relationships
Helps you to get the most out of your education
Looks great on a resume - employers tell us listening is the #1 job skill
Counts as added skills giving you the “edge” in hiring and advancing
Enables you to get along better with co-workers, bosses, & customers
There are 3 different certificates:
Communications Studies Certificate of Achievement (15 credits of courses from this list)
Intercultural Communications Certificate of Achievement (20 credits of courses from this list)
Business Communications Certificate of Achievement (20 credits of courses from this list)
After you have earned the number of credits needed from the optional course requirements list for each certificate, earning 2.0 or higher in each course:
Print the Application for the Communications Studies Certificates
Fill it out and attach an unofficial transcript with your Communications Studies courses/grades highlighted. We keep your application and transcript on record.
Return your application and unofficial transcript to:
Meg Kreiner, Communication Studies Instructor
Bldg. 1, Office 211-B
1810 N. Greene St
Spokane, WA 99217
It will be processed, and your certificate will be mailed to you.
You can use your credits to earn several certificates!
Attend classes regularly, be on time, and stay for the entire class period. In most courses, students receive attendance credit/points but the points are less important on a day-to-day basis than what you will miss when absence and what your classmates will lose in not having your discussion contributions. Late-comers are a distraction to everyone. Anticipate challenges and try to plan for them.
Participate in class discussion. Some courses have participation points and others do not. Your discussion contributions are important in either case. Be a positive force in your classroom interaction. Ask questions, express your opinions, and make yourself known as someone who is actively involved.
Use the instructor’s office hours. This time is set aside explicitly for you to talk with your teachers. You don’t have to come with a monumental issue or problem (although these are good times to drop by). Students often use office hours to:
introduce themselves to the instructor.
provide important information about unique challenges such as learning disabilities, child care issues, potential conflicts with work responsibilities outside the college; a casual visit may produce positive results on both sides.
ask questions about course material and/or discuss individual problems. In many cases, the instructor will never know your concerns unless you speak up.
Try to avoid speaking with your instructor about significant issues immediately before and after class as s/he is trying to either get everything ready for one class or prepare for the one starting in 10 minutes. Use office hours, e-mail, or telephone messages to contact the instructor on important items. The SCC voice mail allows you 24-hour access. We will return calls promptly if we are not in when you call. (Leave your name and phone number.)
Understand that instructional memory is not flawless. Many of us have 75 students or more per quarter. It is hard to recall all the details of your class performance without help. If you want to discuss, for example, your progress from one assignment to the next, bring along instructor critiques and any other helpful notes to the meeting with your instructor. Be prepared to explain your issue or complaint. If you have questions about a grade, write out your reasons so your teacher can see the specifics.
Take notes in class. Informed discussion is far more likely to arise from documented notes than hazy recall. Notes will also aid study for exams.
Read assignments in the text and comply with homework expectations on the dates assigned. Bring materials required (Scantron answer sheets, pencils, etc.) when needed. Don’t expect others to bail you out.
Review the syllabus periodically. Ask questions if you have them. Know what is expected. If you don’t know, ask.
Participate in class activity appropriately. This involves such behaviors as listening to others and acknowledging opposing viewpoints, choosing language that avoids antagonizing others (obscenity, personal attacks, hostile or sarcastic comments, etc.), blatantly reading the newspaper or some other non-course-related text while class matters are in progress, talking with other students while someone else is trying to speak, and avoid taking a nap during class. Most of the courses in the Communication Department are relatively small. One person’s distracting behavior can have a larger impact than you might imagine. For those trying to present a speech or a group project, audience members who appear to be dozing or paying no attention whatever, present an extremely bothersome problem. Your responsibility as a student of Communication Studies includes being an open, alert, courteous, and receptive listener, as well as being a competent presenter.
Take responsibility for your education. Excuses should be eliminated from your academic repertoire. Know that we are human and predisposed to trust rather than doubt you. If you get away with a faked illness or fabricated emergency, you may find that the inevitable result hurts you more than anyone else. Learning is an opportunity to prepare for life, professional requirements, and individual success—both as a singular human being and a contributing member of society. You are attending Spokane Community College in the interest of your own professional advancement and the enhancement of the society in which you live. We are here to help you give both of these aims your best shot. Help us, and we will do our best to help you.
CMST& 101 — Introduction to Communication — 5.0
This course surveys the field of communication. It teaches students the theories and skills associated with effective interpersonal, small group, and public communication. Emphasis is on in-class activities and on improving the student’s confidence in a variety of communication settings.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 103 — Effective Listening — 3.0-5.0 Credits
Most people assume they are effective listeners; however, according to listening expert Dr. Ralph Nichols, college students test at about 25 percent accuracy in their listening skills. This course is designed to help students assess their listening and learning styles and to develop those skills necessary for success in college and in the job market.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 120 — Communication for College Success — 3.0-5.0 Credits
Many students come to Spokane Community College lacking the communication skills needed for competent and professional interaction with those they encounter while pursuing their advanced education. This course is designed to provide the necessary communication tools needed by students who are new and/or returning to the college setting by identifying important communication principles that are relevant to academic success.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 121 — Job Communication Skills — 2.0-5.0 Credits
This course is designed to meet the needs of specific professional/technical students with emphasis on attitudes, work ethics, resumes and job interviewing skills.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 127 — Leadership Development — 3.0-5.0 Credits
Emphasizes integrity and professionalism in the workplace, team-building problem-solving, presentational skills, and selling techniques for success on the job. Variable credits.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST& 210 — Interpersonal Communication — 5.0
This course provides an opportunity to learn and apply the theory of interpersonal communication. Learning experiences include work with personal growth, verbal and nonverbal communication skills, active listening, stress management, and resolving communication conflicts to develop healthy personal relationships.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST& 220 — Public Speaking — 5.0
This course teaches students the fundamental principles of planning, researching, developing, writing and delivering an effective public address. Students learn how to adapt to various audiences and rhetorical situations while composing formal outlines for informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches. Students learn the principles of how to incorporate visual aids and how to adapt their speeches to available and emerging technology. Students gain confidence as speakers through the study and practice of a wide variety of proven delivery techniques and styles. View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 226 — Gender Communication — 5.0
This course provides the opportunity to learn and apply theories of gender communication. Learning experiences include work with both verbal and nonverbal communications as they apply to perception, stereotyping, brain and other biological differences, gender and socialization, processing information, differences in communication style, gender communication in friendships, and gender communication in the workplace.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 227 — Intercultural Communication — 5.0
This course is a culture-general approach to intercultural communication. Emphasis is on experiential learning in order to understand and improve intercultural communication at both the domestic and international levels. Students have the opportunity to improve verbal and nonverbal communication skills with different cultures in the community, and to focus on international communication needs.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 229 — Argumentation and Advocacy — 5.0
Argumentation and Advocacy teaches students the theory and practices associated with analyzing, constructing, delivering and responding to arguments -- in writing and orally -- on important topics of controversy. Students develop skills in stock issues analysis, case construction, selecting and using evidence in support of argument, responding to arguments and cross examination, and the effective delivery of arguments to critical audiences.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST& 230 — Small Group Communication — 5.0
Practical application of problem-solving skills, discussion techniques, task and social roles including leadership are explored. Focus will be on communication behavior in small task-oriented groups.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 250 — Managing Conflict Through Communication — 5.0
Understanding conflict is a critical step in the process of managing it. This course emphasizes both theory and practical application to help students manage conflict by utilizing communication skills.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 280 — Public Relations and Social Media — 5.0
An introduction to the basic principles of public relations and social media from both personal and organizational perspectives. Areas of interest will include public relations, internal and external strategic communication, public opinion, image management, media relations, and the use of social media.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 287 — Business and Professional Communication — 3.0-5.0 Credits
This course is designed to focus on how interaction skills affect the individual's and the organization's success. Students learn to maintain employment and to benefit the organization through effective communication skills with managers, co-workers and customers. Some topics covered include organizational communication theory and history, culture, working in teams, presenting at work, conflict management and listening skills. Prerequisite: Second-year student or permission of instructor.View SCC Course Learning Outcomes
CMST 294 — Special Topics in Speech Communication — 3.0-5.0 Credits
A communication course with content and scope varying from quarter to quarter according to designation and credits filed in advance of each quarter.View SCC Course Learning OutcomesView SFCC Course Learning Outcomes