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About the Communication Studies Program

Master the Art of Persuasion with a Career in Communication Studies

Communication and media studies is an extremely versatile field with many career applications. Courses combine theory and praxis, encouraging students to apply classroom concepts to real-world contexts. This far-reaching program prepares you for entry-level roles including marketing manager, editor, copywriter, advertising and promotions coordinator, PR specialist, market research analyst, reporter, correspondent, and more.

From the outset, our program addresses communication theory while helping you build strong oral communication skills. Study the dynamics, nuances and cultural differences in communication between individuals in society as well as among various groups. Understand global communication trends and how they impact consumer purchase decisions. You will also present your ideas and arguments in a variety of contexts in preparation for personal presentations, upper-division coursework, and workplace settings.

With on-campus and​ online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:​

Degrees and Certificates

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Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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18 units + General Education Requirements

Students pursuing the Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer will demonstrate, through written and oral academic work, knowledge of communication principles, concepts, and theories and be prepared to pursue further study In communication studies or a similar major at the baccalaureate level at the California State University.

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Advertising and Promotional Managers Bachelor's Degree $99,899
Marketing Managers Bachelor's Degree $135,470
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers Bachelor's Degree $98,560
Technical Directors/Managers Bachelor's Degree $116,896
Agents / Business Managers of Artists, Performers, Athletes Bachelor's Degree $63,874
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists Bachelor's Degree $62,205
Producers Bachelor's Degree $98,560
Program Directors Bachelor's Degree $98,560
Radio and Television Announcers Bachelor's Degree $46,331
Public Address System and Other Announcers High School Diploma or More $37,785
Broadcast News Analysts Bachelor's Degree $59,470
Reporters and Correspondents Bachelor's Degree $42,887
Public Relations Specialists Bachelor's Degree $62,713
Editors Bachelor's Degree $58,202
Producers Bachelor's Degree $73,774
Copy Writers Bachelor's Degree $51,484
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers Bachelor's Degree $51,484