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Iowa Western Community College

Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.

Number of Majors: 24
Average Class Size: 18
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

Communicating skills are a must in any profession, and you can sharpen your skills with Iowa Western's Communication Studies program. This program combines theories of:

  • Speech communication
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

As you work toward an Associate of Arts degree, you’ll focus on learning the concepts and practices of human communication within business and organizations as well as among those with diverse backgrounds. This program typically enrolls fewer than 10 students, which lends itself to more personal interaction with instructors.

Internships with such companies as Mutual of Omaha and Woodmen of the World, and on campus with Iowa Western Public Relations will give you valuable real-world experience. This program will pave the way for entry into a variety of fields, including advertising, health, ministry, public relations, and marketing. Many students enter the workforce immediately, while others transfer to four-year institutions for further study. 

Career Information

The Communication Studies program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year degree. Career opportunities in the communications field are primarily dependent upon completion of a bachelor’s degree. Combining oral communication and business, students can enter careers in the fields such as marketing, public relations, public presentations, and corporate training.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate competently in written, oral, and mediated modes.
  • Communicate competently in groups and organizations.


* A.A. and A.S. Degree Programs provide students a general education core in Communications, Social Sciences, Science & Mathematics, Humanities, and Diversity. The foundation of required and elective courses prepares students for transfer into a four-year college or university bachelor's degree Program.