The Communication Department at Ohlone College is committed to the study of human communication in various culturally and socially diverse contexts from multiple perspectives. It is our belief that communication is the very fabric that connects us to each other and to the world in which we live, and through critical examination of our communication practices we can begin to understand our role in the construction of our social reality. Through Communication Studies, we reflect upon our identities, cultures, politics, experiences, and relationships, and we interpret the patterns of events that connect us with one another. There are four cornerstones that guide the philosophy of our department, in instruction, theory, and practice:
Diversity - We communicate to create community. We acknowledge and appreciate the influence of our values, beliefs, and perceptions upon our communication practices.
Praxis - Academic theory and philosophy has maximum potential when strongly tethered to the lived experience of us all.
Critical Thinking - Examining research and evidence to explore logical argumentation, both written and spoken, is crucial to the betterment of our communities.
Social Justice and Equality - It is imperative that we employ ethical and compassionate communication practices that are sensitive to differences in cultural privileges and power.
The Communication Department offers a wide range of courses to advance every student's quest in finding their voice, through the practical application of a variety of communication theories. The Communication Studies courses we offer will satisfy student's goals for continuing education, will meet students' general education requirements for transfer to California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC), as well as earn Communication certificates and AA degrees from Ohlone College.