Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Speech & Communication Studies Department

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please email one of the Speech & Communication Studies faculty.

Q. What can I do with a Speech & Communication Studies Certificate?

Many companies in the Bay Area recognize Ohlone College as an exceptional educational institution, and a Speech & Communication Studies Certificate from Ohlone as evidence of a student's knowledge and ability in what these companies consider the most important skills an employee can have: excellent communication skills. Having a Speech & Communication Studies Certificate on your resume definitely will make an impression when the personnel officer is reviewing applications for job opening.

View the What You Can Do With A Communication Degree? poster (PDF) from the National Communication Association.

Q. How can I get a Certificate of Achievement in Speech & Communication Studies at Ohlone College?

For all the details on what courses to take, read the web page on Speech & Communication Studies Certificates and Degrees.

Q. What can I do with a Speech & Communication Studies Degree?

As an undergraduate degree, a Speech & Communication Studies degree is one of the most practical for preparation for a number of career paths. Opportunities for one with a Speech & Communication Studies degree abound in Business, Law, Medicine, Education, Government, Law Enforcement, Media, Public Relations, Advertising, Arts and Entertainment, Social and Human Services, High Technology Industries, and International Relations.

Knowing more about how people communicate, why they communicate the way they do, and the most effective ways to communicate in a variety of situations are important in any field if you are in sales, customer relations, teamwork, training, public information, negotiation, and on and on. As a minor or as a major, whether you enter the work force or go on to post graduate studies in any field, your undergraduate study in Speech & Communication Studies will serve you well.

Of course, if you find you love the study of Speech & Communication Studies so much that you wish to teach others at a Community College or University, you could decide to go on for a Master's Degree, or even a Ph.D.!

Q. How can I get an A.A. Degree in Speech Communication at Ohlone College?

For all the details on what courses to take, review the Communication Studies for Transfer A.A. Degree (AA-T) (PDF) and/or Speech & Communication Studies A.A.Degree (PDF) information.

Q. Where can I go to get a Bachelor's Degree in Speech & Communication Studies?

There are many colleges and universities throughout the United States that have excellent departments in Communication Studies (as it is generally called). One of the finest is right down the freeway: San Jose State University offers both a B.A. and a M.A. in Communication Studies. Also, Cal State Hayward has both Mass Communications and Speech Communication.

Many other California State Universities also have excellent programs, including Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Fresno, Cal State Fullerton, Humboldt State, San Diego State, San Francisco State, Call State Los Angeles, Cal State Long Beach, and Cal State Northridge. Read more about Transfer Opportunities.

For even more options in higher education, check out the Communiquest website.

Q. What would I study in a Communication Studies department?

Most students find they like to focus on an area of Communication Studies, going to a college that emphasizes that area and/or taking courses that go into depth in that area. Although you would want to get a good general foundation in communication theory and practice, you might decide then to focus on any of the following: Public Address; Communication in Groups; Business and/or Organizational Communication; Argumentation and Debate; Interpersonal Communication; Intercultural Communication; Mass Communication; Public Relations; International Communication; Communication Education; Rhetorical and Communication Theory; Political Communication; or any combination of these.

You can see that the Communication Studies field is a broad one, and learning about communication can take you down a number of paths. Either as preparation for a career in the field for communication, or as preparation for one of the careers mentioned (see What can I do with a Degree in Speech & Communication Studies) you have many choices available to you when you pursue the study of Communication Studies.

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