Communication Studies

Communication Studies offers a variety of classes in the field of communication for both traditional and non-traditional students. Our classes provide both practical life experience as well as transfer credits to four-year institutions, including Humanities credit toward the MACRAO agreement. We provide a flexible schedule for classes, offering weekday times as well as evening and weekend classes. Communication Studies classes are also offered at a variety of sites around west Michigan, both at the downtown campus and at the various satellite campuses.

Our classes offer both a theoretical and practical approach to communication, with classes, assignments and exercises designed to enhance communication skills, including relationship-building, self-awareness, perspective-taking, active listening, an appreciation of cultures, verbal and nonverbal communication and conflict management skills. Our goal is to provide learning that assists students with both their interpersonal and professional relationships, to enhance both their quality of life and career success and to build a foundation for further study in the field.

For information on academic or career pursuits in the Communication field, check out the National Communication Association.

Course Offerings

  • COM 131 -Fundamentals of Public Speaking – Offered Fall, Winter, Summer
  • COM 135 -Interpersonal Communication – Offered Fall, Winter, Summer
  • COM 235 -Gender and Communication – Offered Fall, Winter
  • COM 236 -Intercultural Communication – Offered Fall, Winter
  • COM 250 -Organizational Communication – Winter
  • JR 266 -Fundamentals of Public Relations – Offered Winter term

Note: For more information on communication classes offered, or careers in the communication field, stop into the Communication Studies offices in the Main Building, room 317.

Faculty Contacts

Dennis Sutton
Office: Main 317 Phone: 616-234-4606

Tamara Scott:
Office: Main 317 Phone: 616-234-4363

Mary Lucas:
Office: Main 321 Phone: 616- 234-3604