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How do humans share thoughts and ideas, and how does society shape the meaning of those messages? Communication Studies examines the creation, delivery, and receipt of messages in a range of settings, from private conversations to mass media to the workplace, where effective communication skills are prized.

Did You Know?

  • 85% of U.S. adults own a smartphone, compared with 35% a decade ago
  • Demand for conflict resolution professionals is set to grow 10% nationwide through 2030.
  • NVC’s Speech Lab is a dedicated space for students to practice speeches and presentations and get customized, one-on-one coaching on presentation style, technique, and content flow.

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Program Highlights

NVC’s Communication Studies program focuses on the study of human communication and how meaning is created and exchanged in a variety of contexts to a variety of audiences. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively and ethically with diverse individuals in interpersonal, small group, and public speaking settings, while developing critical thinking faculties and intercultural competence.  Interdisciplinary electives in sociology and psychology deepen understanding of factors impacting communication effectiveness. Students may earn an AA-T in Communication Studies. Individual classes serve as electives for degrees in Addiction Studies, Human Services, Nursing, and Business Administration. Class credits may be applied toward general education requirements for transfer to a four-year institution.


While the format and medium may change, clear, effective communication is always in demand. Communication Studies graduates can embark on careers in a variety of settings in the private and public sectors, as well as pursuing further study in areas such as linguistics, ethnic studies, or social work.

  • Arbitrators/negotiators
  • Counselors
  • Public relations specialists
  • Corporate trainers
  • Advertising and promotions managers
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After NVC

CSU East Bay offers three undergraduate degrees in Communications with emphases in Media Studies, Media Production, or Strategic Communication. To learn more about these and other opportunities and how to make the most of your studies at NVC, consult with program faculty and visit NVC Counseling and the Transfer Center.