Communication Studies students will learn to write and present concise, coherent messages in small team and public settings, using critical thinking skills for better problem-solving and decision making outcomes. Students will take courses such as intercultural communication, public speaking, and business communication will learn from seasoned professors who have worked in private, government and non-profit organizations.
Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.
Credit for Prior Learning
Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.
The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.
Program Degrees and Certificates
Students have the option of using many of the courses in this degree program to pursue careers in other fields including business, information technology, and healthcare. Students are strongly encouraged to learn more about which courses might be transferable to other majors by meeting with a NOVA advisor prior to registering for the course(s).
Graduates may want to start their own businesses and wish to identify ways to connect with potential customers, or would like to brush up on their leadership skills by taking classes such as intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, or small group communication.
Want to get started with this program? Speak with an adviser to start shaping your educational journey at NOVA.