Communication Studies provides students with attitudes, skills, and knowledge that will allow them to communicate effectively, clearly, persuasively, and vividly. Specific skills students will demonstrate are critical thinking, listening, problem solving as a group member, speech composition and presentation, conflict management, relationship maintenance and enhancement, and dramatic interpretation.

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In keeping with the Seattle Central's strategic plan, the Communication Studies program emphasizes critical multicultural and intercultural education that teaches students to operate effectively in an increasingly multicultural society.

Communication Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introduction to Mass Media
  • Multicultural Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Small Group Communication
  • Health Communication


Marian Lyles
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, M.Ed.
University of Washington, Ph.D.

Kay Rutherford
Washington State University, M.A.

Communication – Learning Outcomes

Students who take courses in Communication earn credit in the Visual, Linguistic, Performing Arts (VLPA) area of knowledge for the AA degree by understanding language and languages as universal human phenomena and as tools of communication, persuasion, and self–expression.

Additionally, Communication courses meet the communication outcomes for the AA degree, as students

  • explain meaning of written work, presentations, arts, and media in different contexts
  • present oral, signed, written, or other forms of expression to increase knowledge, foster understanding, or promote change in an audience.