Back to SBCC


Welcome to the Communication Department

Program Description

Whatever their age, social position, or occupation, people communicate. In fact, we spend more time engaged in speaking and listening than virtually any other activity. Communication is as important as it is pervasive—success or failure often depends on how well we express ourselves and understand others. Recognizing this fact, the Communication Department offers a wide range of courses to help students become more skillful, aware communicators.

The department’s curriculum focuses on communication in a variety of settings—interpersonal, small group, on-the-job, speaker-to-audience, via mass media, and between cultures and nations. In addition, instruction is available in argumentation, debate, communication theory and research methods.

Students enroll in Communication courses for a variety of reasons. Some have primarily academic motives and seek either an associate, baccalaureate, or advanced degree in Communication. Other students enroll to become more effective in their careers. Still others seek personal growth, recognizing the importance of skillful self-expression and understanding others in their own lives.

Students who choose the Communication Degree Program can gain valuable speaking skills by participating in our annual Lancaster Speech Showcase. Students will also have the opportunity to gain knowledge about Communication by participating in community and global projects through their classes. Qualified students may also join Sigma Chi Eta, an honor society for students earning a 3.25 or higher in the major. Students can also choose to take classes in one of the many Study Abroad Programs offered each year. Past study abroad programs include Italy, Australia, India and Rwanda.

Department Student Learning Outcomes  

  1. Demonstrate ability to analyze and critically evaluate communication practices, messages and outcomes in various contexts (e.g., interpersonal, intercultural, small group, public and professional communication, and mass media).
  2. Develop a repertoire of strategies for improved communication effectiveness and demonstrate the strategies in oral, written and/or presentation contexts.
  3. Read, evaluate and report on communication research.
  4. Recognize and articulate the benefits and challenges of diverse communicative practices of people living in a global/multicultural society.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the ethical dimensions of communication.

Department Offices

Division: Social Sciences
Sarah Hock, Chair (BC-102A,
Priscilla Mora, Dean (A-118,

Faculty and Offices

Darin Garard (BC-102D,
Rebekah Gutierrez (BC-102C,
Sarah Hock (BC-102A,
Carrie Hutchinson (BC-102B,
Tina Kistler (BC-218,
Jill Scala (BC-117,

Degree Requirements

721 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394    Main Campus Phone: 805.965.0581    © 2018 Santa Barbara City College