Looking for a Major?
A Communication Major is right for you if:
- You are people-oriented
- Want to enhance relationships, build cultural understanding, promote successful careers
- Enjoy working with others as an effective group or team member or leading others in building effective teams
- Thrive in an environment blending theory and practical experience
- Learn to analyze written, oral, visual, electronic messages
- Produce effective messages orally using technology such as PowerPoint
- Want a liberal arts-based undergraduate program providing you the ability to integrate knowledge of communication with other disciplines
- Want numerous career options (consulting, event planning, human resources, intercultural relations, marketing, media industries, public relations, training, nonprofit management, sales, other jobs and careers requiring effective communication skills
Characteristics of the GCC Communication Program that can Benefit You
- Flexibility: Obtaining a Communication Competence in the Workplace Academic Certificate or a degree (Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication—Organizational Emphasis through NAU/GCC) allows you to choose various career pathways without locking you into a specific job. Enjoy the advantages of obtaining a college education and developing excellent communication skills valued by employers including those in business, industry, nonprofit organizations, government and educational institutions.
- Commitment to Students: We value our students and can help you design a program to meet your individual needs. The faculty work hard to provide rich learning experiences as you progress through the courses and program. Our small class size enhances your learning through increased student interaction, collaboration and projects designed to enhance your skills.
- Internships: apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in a variety of settings:
- Participate: in various outstanding activities, clubs and organizations:
- GCC has a winning, competitive Forensics/Speech Team, directed by Kirt Shineman, nationally and internationally ranked. Develop skills in speaking confidently and effectively and gain an understanding of various type of speeches and speaking styles while traveling across the country and meeting and competing against students from other colleges and universities.
- Participate in various clubs including: Sigma Chi Eta, a national communication honor society formed in 2000 to recognize and honor students who excel in communication in two-year colleges. Its goals include:
- recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement
- stimulate interest in the field of communication
- promote and encourage professional development among communication majors
- provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about the field
- establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students
- explore options for further undergraduate/graduate studies (For further information, contact: Dr. Nanci Burk, 623-845-3705; or Professor Rosie Mays, 623-845-3775).