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Communication Studies

Students at WVC may choose from a variety of communications courses, each of which is five credits and may be applied to the humanities requirement for the associate of arts and sciences (AAS) degree. The courses are Introduction to Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, and Survey of Digital Communications.

Introduction to the history, theory and practice of human communication. Development of effective communication skills for use in a variety of contexts, including, but not limited to: intrapersonal, interpersonal, intercultural, small group, relationships, workplace/organizational settings and new technology.
Introduces students to digital communications, with an emphasis on the social impact of new media. Students explore emerging technologies and study their application in a variety of environments. Empowers students to critically analyze and create basic digital projects, while learning how to be responsible digital citizens. Prerequisites: ENGL 097 equivalency or higher.
Principles, processes and practices of interpersonal communication related to motivation, knowledge and skills to appropriately and effectively communicate in given interpersonal situations. Focus is on perception of self-concept and others, including diversity, verbal and non-verbal cues, and strategies for understanding and improving interpersonal relationship dynamics. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in ENGL 097 or higher; successful completion of ENGL& 101 highly recommended.
Preparation and delivery of speeches to a public audience. Focus is on the improvement of one's communication skills through topic choice, research, organization and outlining of content; use of voice, body and self-confidence. Other areas covered are audience listening skills and speaker evaluations. Prerequisites: ENGL 097 equivalency or higher.