Do you dream of being on the radio, appearing on television, or attracting followers to a YouTube channel? Or maybe you want to promote a new idea, produce an award-winning film, take stunning photographs, or captivate audiences as a professional speaker? Whatever your dream, we have a class for that! Our classes are taught by committed faculty who have experience working in the fields they teach and are dedicated to your success.
Why Study Communication?
Communication is one of the most important professional skills employers are looking for which makes it a popular and versatile field that will prepare students for leadership in a variety of careers including media, arts, marketing, public relations, customer service, journalism, and education.
A Communication degree from Parkland College can provide you with the skills you need to get hired, get promoted, and make a difference in your community.
At Parkland, you'll have the advantage of small class sizes, taught by master faculty - never teaching assistants. Your success is our priority.
Offering more than 100 Associates Degree and Certificate programs, Parkland College is well known for its small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities, inclusive learning environment, and personable faculty. Parkland boasts the largest international student body of any 2 year college in the state of Illinois, with more than 300 students representing more than 40 countries.
The Associate Degree offers an ideal and inexpensive doorway for international students wanting to enter the American education system. Having worked to perfect their English language skills through the English as a Second Language (ESL) program or earned two years worth of transferable credits, many of Parkland’s international students then transfer on to 4 year universities (2+2 transfer) around the United States, where they continue their educations, earning Baccalaureate and graduate degrees.
Parkland College faculty are well accustomed to the challenges faced by international students are experienced in dealing with them. Parkland strives to enhance global awareness and multiculturalism through education and faculty welcome the perspective brought by international students in their classes.
Why Choose Parkland College
- Small class sizes and a personalized education
- Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program for non-English speakers
- Complete two years and transfer credits to a 4 year university
- In the same city as the University of Illinois, a top research university
- Around ½ the yearly cost of 4 year universities
- A diverse international student population, more than 300 international students
- Faculty focus on global awareness and multiculturalism
- Stand out!
The Communication program encompasses two areas of focus: Media Communication includes concentration areas in advertising/public relations, audio/video/Internet production, journalism/photojournalism, and media theory/research/effects. Public and Professional Communication includes concentration areas in interpersonal, public address, organizational, rhetorical studies, and cultural communication. At Parkland you will learn communication theory and develop and practice effective communication skills and/or get hands-on experience in a real radio station (WPCDFM) or in video production (PCTV), as well as opportunities for internships with local media businesses. The introductory coursework in either of these concentrations will provide a solid foundation from which you may choose any of the various pathways offered in a four-year communication program.
With an AA degree in Communication, you’ll be ready to transfer as a junior to four-year institutions, while completing an AAS degree in a media communication area prepares you for entry-level positions in your field of study. You will be prepared to work in many fields, depending upon your area of study, including advertising, public relations, media arts, photography, event planning, media relations, sales journalism, customer service representative, management; as well as technical fields such as broadcast technology. A certificate in Media Production can supplement a degree in another field and provide skills in media, computers and the arts. Bachelor’s degree programs in communication typically encompass two areas of concentration: Media Communication includes concentration areas in advertising/public relations, audio/video/Internet production, journalism/photojournalism, and media theory/research/ effects. Public and Professional Communication includes concentration areas such as interpersonal, public address, organizational communication, and rhetorical studies. The introductory coursework in either of these concentrations will provide a solid foundation from which the student may choose any of the various pathways offered in a four-year communication program. Students are encouraged to complete an associate degree prior to transfer. Students should be aware that some schools have specific requirements for admission to the major and should consult with an advisor at the transfer institution concerning specific degree requirements.
- COM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication
- COM 105 Basic News Writing
- COM 121 Introduction to Advertising
- COM 141 Basic Broadcast Announcing
- COM 144 Video Production I
- COM 201 Mass Media and Society
- COM 106 Broadcast Writing
- COM 122 Introduction to Public Relations
- COM 142 Introduction to Radio Production
- COM 145 Video Production II
- COM 140 Voice and Diction
- ART 128 Digital Photography
- CSC 121 Web Design II
- COM 120 Interpersonal Communication
- COM 140 Voice and Diction
- COM 181 Communication Practicum
- COM 200 Group Discussion
- COM 205 Business and Professional Communication
- THE 103 Performance of Literature