The Communication Studies Department at Anoka-Ramsey Community College focuses on building student skills which are used every day to connect thought and language, maintain relationships, obtain employment, and advance rank, regardless of one’s field. Communication Studies is an essential component for any major of study and a stepping stone to help ensure a successful career pathway. Our students benefit from engaging in an assortment of interpersonal and intercultural communication settings which give them the tools to succeed in any workplace environment.
Facilities and Labs
We provide a rich climate for the study of communication as all classrooms are equipped with Internet computer access and have software available for media-based presentations. In addition, we offer video cameras to assist students with personal speech examination and feedback analysis. Using these technologies, students learn how to organize and present a variety of speeches while gaining the necessary skills to be confident, articulate professionals. We offer a wide range of learning opportunities such as fully-seated, web-enhanced (hybrid), and online courses. Faculty members can also choose support from the Desire2Learn (D2L) program, a complete web-based tool compiled of teaching and learning alternatives used for course development and maintenance. Using D2L allows instructors to creatively arrange their classes according to individual teaching approaches while preserving the integrity of classroom discussion and cooperative spirit.
Communication Studies courses provide students with valuable communication skills, essential in both professional and personal areas of life. These skills are included in, but not limited to the following areas: writing and presentation skills, conflict management, public speaking, interpersonal/relationship skills, leadership, nonverbal communication, listening skills, teamwork and group management, interviewing, and consulting skills. Speech proficiencies are utilized in almost every job environment and according to the 2010 National Association of College and Employers (NACE) "Job Outlook 2010 Survey," employers rate these capabilities among the most important employee qualities to possess. (Employers Rank Communication Skills First Among Job Candidate Skills and Qualities [1-21-10]. National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). 21 January 2010. www.naceweb.org.)
Career areas include: Public Speaking, Speech Writing, Public Relations, Advertising, Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Photo Journalism, Public Affairs, Media Planning/Relations/Analyzing, Editing, Marketing, Web Design/Interactive Arts, Fundraising, Event Planning, Community Relations, Management, Account Executive, Human Resources, Training, Publications, Research Analyst, Campaigning, Public Outreach, Consumer Advocating, and Customer Service, among many others.