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Communication

WHAT EXACTLY IS COMMUNICATION?

(From National Communication Association) The discipline of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The discipline promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication. Communication is a diverse discipline, which includes inquiry by social scientists, humanists, and critical and cultural studies scholars. A body of a scholarship and theory, about all forms of human communication, is presented and explained in textbooks, electronic publications, and academic journals. These classes are the basis for an ever-expanding understanding of how we all communicate.

WHY STUDY COMMUNICATION?

Normandale Communication faculty have been recognized with national, state and college awards for their teaching excellence and come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.

Students will find small classes, accessible teachers and enriching classroom experience when they take communication courses.

The department offers a complete selection of introductory courses for students who plan to major in speech-communication or mass-communication.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A COMMUNICATION DEGREE?

The Communication Department at Normandale offers courses in public, interpersonal, and small group communication. We believe in the centrality of communication in our personal, professional and public lives.

Careers related to majors in communications include:

  • Business communication
  • Broadcasting (over the air and internet)
  • Counseling
  • Human Relations
  • International business
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Professional Writing

Careers in Communication

Types of Jobs

(iseek.org)

Fastest growing jobs for communications graduates:

  • Advertising Manager
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Broadcast News Analyst
  • Editor
  • Meeting and Event Planner
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Technical Writer

Main career areas where you can work:

  • Business
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Public relations
  • Health communications

 

Description

Communication is an ideal emphasis for students with multiple interests and diverse talents.

Even in a time of heavy technology use, recruiters still list traditional communication skills-writing, speaking, presenting, and listening- as the most important factor for hiring decisions.

These skills are the core of the communications.

 

Degrees & Certificates in Communications

The Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Communication is designed to certify that students have completed the requirements through the sophomore level for a baccalaureate degree in communication at most four-year institutions.

Additionally, the department has an agreement with Minnesota State University, Mankato, where students can get a bachelor's degree in communication, and stay on the campus of Normandale and take classes in the Partnership Center.

 

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Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Communication

This degree is designed to certify that students have completed the requirements through the sophomore level for a baccalaureate degree in communication at most four-year institutions.

Required Courses - 12 credits

Code Title Credits
COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3
COMM 1131 Intercultural Communication 3

Complete at least one of the following for 3 credits:

Code Title Credits
COMM 1106 Understanding Mass Media 3
COMM 1141 Nonverbal Communication 3
COMM 1900 Topics in Communication 1-4
COMM 2111 Family Communication 3