Communication Studies Program

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Study, Explore, Manage

Throughout history, developments in communication have fundamentally altered society. As a communication student at Eastern Arizona College (EAC), you will study everything from foundational theories to the latest technological advances. You will explore communication skills that are critical for success in personal interactions and workplace relationships, learning to produce communicative texts and adapt to changing situations and audiences. Your studies will increase your ability to manage communication programs for various industries, such as law, politics, public affairs, healthcare, advertising, journalism, public relations and many others.

EAC's Communication Studies degree program will give you the skills that employers need. In a recent National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook Survey, employers identified the ability to verbally communicate with others and to create and edit written documents among the top ten skills they seek when hiring new graduates. Students majoring in Communication Studies bring these skills to the workplace, demonstrating strong verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills and an ability to deliver key messages that resonate with audiences.


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Make a Difference in the Workplace

A degree in communication opens the door to a wide variety of employment opportunities. Many EAC students transfer to four-year degree programs and enter traditional communication fields such as advertising, journalism or public relations. Others have taken communication courses and applied their skills in the healthcare, financial services and information technology industries in both public and private sectors.

According to the United States Department of Labor, employment in media and communication occupations is projected to grow four percent from 2014 to 2024, resulting in about 27,400 new jobs. This growth stems from the need for organizations to create, edit, translate and disseminate information through various communication channels. As of May 2016, the median annual wage for media and communication occupations was $54,780, which was higher that the median annual wage of $37,040 for all occupations.


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Media Communications (AAS)
The Communication Studies associate of arts degree meets the requirements for the first two years of a four-year degree program at a college or university. This means that you can transfer into four-year programs as a junior.
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During his 25-year career in public and media relations, Kris McBride saw his role as two-fold: first, helping organizations understand the needs and attitudes of their publics; and second, responding to those needs with clear and effective communication. A big proponent of research, Mr. McBride believes that an organization can be effective only when it takes the time and effort to seek accurate and representative feedback from its audiences.

Mr. McBride brings this philosophy to the classroom at EAC and shares strategies that assisted him during his communication career. He helps students understand various audiences and how to create messages that inspire and motivate them. He gives students the confidence to communicate in future professional settings through verbal, written and technologically-mediated means, and creates an atmosphere that instills confidence and excitement for the future.

Mr. McBride's work has been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the Associated General Contractors for excellence and best practices in public and media relations. He holds a bachelors degree in philosophy from the University of Arizona, a masters degree in communication from Johns Hopkins University and a masters degree in English from Northern Arizona University. He loves spending time with his wife and family, is an amateur classical pianist and an avid fan of the American Quarter Horse.


Kris McBride


Student Group Two

Communication Honor Society

Sigma Chi Eta is the official community college honor society of the National Communication Association, an organization created for scholars and professionals in the field of communication. EAC's Alpha Nu Chapter of the Sigma Chi Eta honor society invites Communication Studies majors who achieve a 3.5 overall GPA after the completion of nine credit hours in communication to become members of this prestigious society. Once inducted, a student is a member for life and is expected to always strive for excellence. In addition to recognizing, fostering and rewarding outstanding scholastic achievement, Sigma Chi Eta promotes and encourages professional development among communication majors throughout their professional careers.


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Please call or email to find out more about EAC's Communication Studies degree program. We're happy to answer your questions!


Kris McBride
Communication Studies Department Head
(928) 428-8489


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