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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.
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 email@example.com with questions or to learn more.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Communication - Associate of Arts Degree
Explore the resources below for information, dates, and deadlines related to admissions, financial aid, registration, and next steps.
|Dates & Deadlines for Credit Programs||Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins 1||N/A||Apr 10||Nov 13 (2023)|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb 27||Apr 17||Nov 20 (2023)|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||Jul 29||Dec 16 (2023)|
|Admission Deadline 2||May 27||Aug 12||Jan 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin 3||Jun 5||Aug 21||Jan 16|
1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.
2 The Admission Deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines.
3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the specific class session sections beneath the full Academic Calendar for more information.
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
** Majors should take the Compass Test for math placement upon acceptance to CWI. There are currently two math tracks for COMM majors: MATH 123 or 143. The placement test will inform the student if a review course such as MATH 025 is needed prior to entering MATH 123 or MATH 108.
MATH 123 is a terminal math course based on Algebra and other liberal arts types of mathematical problems.
MATH 143 has a pre-requisite of MATH 108. If a student may change majors at the AA or BA level, or may consider graduate school the COMM Department suggests the COMM 143 pathway which prepares for Algebra and Pre-Calculus.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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There are many career paths that a person with a Communication Major can choose. Here are some job titles that former graduates with Communication Majors hold. Use this as an ideas list, remember that it represents some, but certainly not all of the careers you might consider. Some careers may take additional schooling.
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