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Why COM? - A Communication (COM) degree provides students with the knowledge and experience necessary to build strong communication skills - skills needed for successful careers and relationships. The American Society of Personnel Administrators listed oral communication, listening ability, and written communication as three of the four top skills needed to get a job. Company presidents believe that communication skills are important to effective leadership and help employees to succeed in the job. Furthermore, strong communication skills are equally important in family and social relationships. Individuals who can express their feelings and understand the feelings of others are often more successful in their personal relationships. The ability to offer feedback to family and friends and to engage in constructive conflict with them depends on communication knowledge and skills. The extent to which individuals become proficient communicators will determine their ability to lead personally satisfying and productive lives. For all these reasons a degree in Communication can help you ImPaCt your life!
- The COM degree program is built on a core of courses offering students a strong and diverse background in communication skills, research and theory. Students take courses such as Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication and Small Group Communication. Students then choose between one of two concentrations: Interpersonal Communication or Organizational Communication. Details on these concentrations can be found on the departmental website at: www.cda.cmich.edu/ipc-majors-minor.htm
Program Outcomes - Graduates with a degree in COM are qualified to pursue a number of career options in both profit and non-profit organizations. Recent graduates have become sales personnel, office managers, event planners, customer service supervisors, organizational trainers, and media representatives to name but a few occupations. Of equal importance is that COM graduates are proficient communicators allowing them to establish and maintain mutually satisfying personal and professional relationships.
Preparing to Transfer - Students wishing to pursue a degree in COM can transfer no more than 12 hours towards the completion of their degree requirements. Since face-to-face interaction is highly valued in COM performance based courses, students cannot transfer course equivalents taken in an on-line format for COM 101, COM 267, COM 353, COM 357, COM 361, COM 363, and COM 367.