Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Sharpen Your Communication Skills

Numerous studies have shown that academic, professional, and personal successes are intricately linked to your ability to communicate effectively.

Communication Studies at Kirkwood offers a dynamic blend of theory and practical experience led by a professional and competent faculty of communication experts. We offer smaller class sizes and enhance the learning process through student interaction, collaborative learning, and interactive technology.

Communication courses will prepare you to make the most of your education, your profession, and your personal and social relationships anytime and anywhere.

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Our advisors take the guesswork and confusion out of the process, ensuring you meet Kirkwood’s graduation requirements, as well as the admission requirements of your transfer school. By meeting with our advisors early and often, you’ll be better prepared to continue your education after Kirkwood.

Kirkwood has special transfer agreements with all three state universities and many other four-year institutions, including the University of Iowa's 2+2 in Communication Studies.

Kirkwood is the affordable option! We have more than $3 million in scholarships available every year.

Kirkwood provides you with a strong foundation in communication studies, which can lead to interesting and rewarding careers. You’ll be better able to navigate, manage, and contribute to your personal, civic, and professional lives. Communication Studies students can go on to pursue careers in:

  • Public relations
  • Government
  • Fundraising and non-profits
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Medical fields
  • Education

Sample Coursework

Studies basic communication theory and practice including communication process, interpersonal relationships, small group interaction, and public speaking.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Studies the fundamentals of public speaking, emphasizing the process of speech preparation and delivery.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Highlights the role of communication and focuses on becoming effective communicators in personal and professional relationships. Examines how the concepts of self and human behavior influence both interpersonal and intrapersonal communication. Introduces activities and techniques to improve one-on-one and small group communication skills, especially listening, nonverbal communication, and conflict resolution.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Examines the theory and techniques used in discussion and group processes. Develops leadership and group skills through frequent practical application in varying group sizes and opportunities.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

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“What I like most about my classes is the hands-on learning. Other colleges didn’t offer the 50/50 hands-on learning and class time. The faculty are very welcoming and always easy to reach. They are always willing to help. ”

April McGriff,
Boone, Iowa


Communication, English, and Media
2092 Cedar Hall