CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024
- New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog.
- Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
- The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.
Communication studies prepare students to participate in the professional, social, and civic life in an ethical, intellectually curious, and engaged manner. The discipline of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media.
Students who complete the major will have knowledge of foundational theories of communication; prevailing communication research paradigms; media industry structure and practices; prevailing criticism of media practice and performance; media influence on individuals and groups; the interplay of media systems in a global context; roles and functions of communication in interpersonal, group, organizational, and public contexts; conventions of public address and advocacy; and the impact and ethics of persuasion.
Students will be able to think critically; develop and present arguments; communicate effectively in interpersonal, group, organizational, and public contexts; and invent, arrange, and deliver effective and ethical messages via oral, print, and electronic modes.
Students will have the opportunity to focus in one of three areas of specialization: Human Communication, Media Communication, and Journalism, each preparing students for in-demand careers.
- Describe the Communication discipline and its central questions
- Employ Communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts
- Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
- Critically analyze messages
- Apply ethical communication principles and practices
- Influence public discourse