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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


Shout out to CWI's Speech and Debate team on their ninth national title!

CWI Speech and Debate Team Dominates and Makes History Once Again

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.
  • 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

Build up your resume and gain experience for your career in communications by joining CWI's nationally-recognized Speech and Debate team. 

Contact Director of Forensics, Luke Yeates, at with questions or to learn more. 

Speech and Debate

Respectful Community

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

CWI Speech and Debate Team posing for a picture

College of Western Idaho’s Speech and Debate team was recognized as the top Northwest Forensics Conference school in debate for the 2022-2023 season — marking the first time a community college has been honored with this achievement.

CWI Speech and Debate Team

College of Western Idaho’s Speech and Debate team made history this past weekend beating every team, regardless of division, at the Steve Hunt Classic Tournament.

Jessica Argyle, Web Content Strategist UX and College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for June 2022

Congratulations to Web Content Strategist UX, Jessica Argyle, College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for June 2022.

Students presenting a readers theater presentation in a classroom

Multimedia Storytelling, Mass Communication, and Audio Production students host an eclectic evening centered around how communication can make the world a better place. 

Live broadcast behind-the-scenes of Global Live Idaho in CWI's media lab

CWI’s new media lab will provide cutting-edge learning experiences for students while additionally supporting online course development for faculty.

Kevin Platts, Director of Public Safety Programs, poses for a photo with the trophy he won.

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