Seventy-five percent of each day is spent in some form of communication. As a result, individuals across professions recognize the need to communicate effectively. The extent to which individuals become proficient communicators will determine their ability to lead personally satisfying and productive lives.
Through the study of communication, we learn about human communication processes and their role in the creation and development of social experience. Interpersonal and public communication covers a variety of areas such as public speaking, intercultural communication, organizational communication, family systems, communication education, small group communication, debate and persuasion.
Programs in interpersonal and public communication allow students to build strong communication skills - skills they need for successful careers and relationships.
The world of business values solid communication skills. 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 is the second most important skill contributing to effective leadership. Strong communication skills do more than help people get jobs. They also allow employees to succeed in the jobs they have.
Good 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.
It is the mission of the Communication (COM) Area faculty to educate students of Central Michigan University in the study of communication for the purpose of developing communication skills for effective citizenship, personal relationships, and membership in diverse community, corporate, and social organizations. Toward this end, COM Area faculty will pursue two inter-related educational objectives: (1) to develop students’ understanding of the knowledge base, scholarly activities, and critical practices of the communication discipline; and (2) to enable students to apply their knowledge of the communication discipline in ways that reflect competent, appropriate, and ethical choices in interaction with other human beings.