Communication Studies is the study of various forms of human communication in culturally diverse contexts. The pathway provides a foundation for students seeking a transfer degree in communication, journalism, media studies, and other social science and humanities fields at a four-year institution, as well as providing necessary skills and theoretical knowledge about communication processes as they apply in a variety of applied academic fields. The department provides a foundation for understanding how rhetoric, persuasion, and messages shape the world around us. Ultimately, studies in communication and culture help students succeed in an increasingly multicultural, mediated and ever-changing world.


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Academic Program

Olympic College offers a variety of Communication Studies classes that prepare students for a range of careers related to media, marketing and communication. Consider taking Communication Studies classes as distribution requirements and electives that lead to your Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA): Communication Studies. 

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    Faculty Advisors

    Every student is assigned an advising team consisting of your Student Success Coach and Faculty Advisor. Your Faculty Advisor is determined once you decide on your specific academic program. The following professors are Faculty Advisors for Communication Studies.

    Academic Division

    Communication Studies is part of the Social Sciences & Humanities Division (SSH). Visit the SSH Division webpage for more info, including support resources and services, and contact info for division staff and the dean. The Social Sciences & Humanities Division can assist you with: 

    • Advising
    • Connecting with faculty
    • Finding campus resources
    • Support for procedural processes such as a grade appeal or student complaint.