Communication Studies

Find your voice: Break barriers and convey messages

Words are powerful. They shape behaviors and influence change. At the College of Lake County, you learn to craft on-brand messages that entertain, influence or inform. Clear and effective communication skills are essential to succeed in any industry.

Communication requires a balance of empathetic listening with compelling speaking. Improve your ability to interact with people from varied cultures and backgrounds as you nurture well-rounded expertise in spoken, written and visual communication.

Why study Communication Studies with us?

Our instructors encourage your free expression and creativity. We provide you with a safe and comfortable environment to share your ideas, opinions and thoughts. This allows you to build a strong foundation in communication theory and research, while expanding your presentation and persuasion skills.

And, once you’re ready to showcase your skills, you can compete in the SkillsUSA Championships in Extemporaneous Speaking or Prepared Speaking.


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    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Transfer Degree

For students planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university for a bachelor’s degree.

These programs are built around general education classes that lead to an associate degree designed to transfer to a 4-year school. CLC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) to ensure that approved courses will transfer to other participating colleges and universities. Transfer degrees typically take 2 years* to complete.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

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Courses in the program

We offer a wide range of courses in Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication, Interviewing Practices, Communication Skills—and so much more!

Meet our instructors

Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

  • Za'Tozia Duffie

    Za’Tozia Duffie

    Transfer student

    CLC set the standard for every educational institution I attended afterwards. I don't think I would have been able to grow academically, or even personally, if it wasn't for CLC.”

    Za’Tozia studied communication at CLC. She transferred to Lake Forest College for her bachelor's degree and then to Syracuse University for graduate school.

    Read Za’Tozia's story

    Za'Tozia Duffie

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