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Written, verbal and nonverbal communication skills are essential to being successful in any field. Communication Studies can lead to a career in education, media, marketing, business, writing, and more!

What will I learn in JCCC's Communication Studies courses?

At Johnson County Community College, Communication Studies courses fall into four areas of general studies.

  • Interpersonal Communication: Learn how to apply listening, nonverbal communication, self-perception, and cultural awareness to small group and one-on-one situations.
  • Public Speaking: Build public speaking foundations, including how to prepare and effectively deliver oral presentations before an audience.
  • Personal Communication: Discover how to apply the principles of interpersonal and public speaking in various contexts.
  • Intercultural Communication: Learn to use sociology, psychology, and anthropology to better communicate in cross-cultural situations.

Depending on which Communication Studies course you choose to take, you may learn any of the following:

  • Perception, self-concept, conflict, listening and nonverbal communication
  • The fundamentals of speeches, including technique, outlining, organization and audience analysis
  • Debate skills and techniques, argument construction, and intercollegiate debate speaking style and refutation
  • Communication skills for the workplace, such as listening, oral communication, problem-solving and job interviewing
  • How to identify the beliefs, attitudes, values and behaviors across cultures

If you're looking for a more rigorous experience, you can enroll in the Honors Public Speaking class. Work with like-minded peers or set up an individual one-hour honors contract in Interpersonal Communication or Intercultural Communication to:

  • Learn interesting aspects of communication theory
  • Present your work to a wider audience
  • Receive greater one-on-one mentorship from faculty

Why JCCC's Communication Studies courses?

Many students choose to take Communication Studies classes at JCCC. We can give you four great reasons:

  1. You can pick the classroom format that works best for you. Our Communication Studies classes are available face-to-face, online, or in an online-hybrid format.
  2. Enhance your classroom learning by joining the JCCC debate team. We are consistently rated among the country's top programs, even compared to some of the nation's best four-year schools.
  3. Connect with other students in our virtual exchange programs offered in Intercultural Communication courses with universities in Costa Rica and Russia. Get real-world experience building your international communication skills.
  4. Compete in our Public Speaking Showcase for prizes, bragging rights and résumé building.

After completing Communication Studies courses at JCCC, you can pursue one of our many associate degree programs or choose to transfer your credits to many four-year degree programs. Our Transfer Information and Services will provide you with more information about transferring your communication studies credits. Many University of Kansas and Kansas State University students choose to earn their required communications credits at JCCC because of the small class sizes and various format options.


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Enrolling in Communication Studies courses at JCCC is an excellent first step toward earning a four-year degree in communication studies or any other career path you pursue. The ability to communicate effectively gives you an outstanding advantage in any career—and life. A firm grasp of the basics of interpersonal communication, argumentation and persuasion, organizational communication and intercultural communication can help you succeed in the global job market.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

The cost of going to college can drastically impact your ability to succeed. At Johnson County Community College, we want our students to be able to afford a program that they love. That’s why we’re constantly working to make tuition more affordable for you.

Here’s what JCCC has to offer:

Textbook and other supply costs vary depending on your courses.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

Being a student at JCCC means you have access to a range of services and resources to help you succeed. We offer professional tutoring and small, personalized class sizes. When you attend Johnson County Community College, your education truly matters.

The cost of going to school can be daunting. Fortunately, our Financial Aid office is here to help you through the process. Our counselors can help you find ways to fund your schooling, including scholarships and student loans, both of which can help to reduce the cost of your tuition every semester.

If you need help discovering what your passion will be post-graduation, our Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great support tools.

You can also further your education by transferring to a four-year school. JCCC is here to help make the transition to another college program easy and stress-free.