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CWI's Communication program gave me the interpersonal skills I needed to navigate successfully within the diversity and complexity of human relations. Aleli Snively

The diverse discipline of Communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and mediums.  The discipline promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication which includes critical thinking, innovation, civic engagement, and creative endeavors that produce and reproduce our social world.


The mission of the Communication program is to prepare students to successfully consider it, say it, and write it in order to create better lives for themselves and others in a global economy and democratic society.

Why This Program

Job growth is projected at 4% with over 27,000 new positions for communication majors over the next 10 years. Communication majors are in high-demand in every industry. Transfer agreements are in place with Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, and University of Idaho. Communication students are provided a number of opportunities to apply their learning and gain work experience through internships, service learning projects, work study, school and community service, student clubs, presentations, symposiums, and more.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Produce effective oral, written, virtual and mediated communication. Demonstrate an understanding of methods of communication research and a basic understanding of APA.
  • Create community and collaborative working relationships beyond the university.
  • Understand, evaluate, communicate effectively within, and mediate among diverse cultural, social, public, and professional systems and enable change to occur within and among these systems in ways that are civil an
  • Extend and appreciate skills and knowledge acquired during their communication studies in their careers beyond the college or in the continuation of their education.
  • Analyze and evaluate communication both for its causes and consequences as well as demonstrate an understanding of at least one major theory in the field of communication.

Additional Opportunities

Speech & Debate ~ Eight-Time National Champions!

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Contact Luke Yeates for more information.

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

News and Blogs

Resources, training, and contests during CTL's Accessibility Week for faculty highlight how small changes can help students access and engage in courses. 

Congratulations to Dan Garrity, an instructor in the Communications and Marketing department and the College's Faculty of Distinction for September 2021.

Congratulations to CWI instructors, Liza Long, Anna Gamboa, Cathy Carson, Hollie Leavitt, Joel Gladd, and Charles Dickinson!

Congratulations to College of Western Idaho’s Speech and Debate team for earning their 8th national title!

CWI's Multimedia Storytelling classes embarked on an exciting opportunity this semester as part of the Onramp program. 

More than 80 students in five different classes at CWI and Boise State are challenging you to Get RAD to help change the narrative about race.