In Communication we understand that excellent communication skills in relationships, intercultural, in group discussion, in argumentation, and in public speaking prepare you to navigate relationships
Michelle Bennett, Faculty and Program Head Communication


Communication is an ideal major for students with multiple interests and diverse talents. The program provides tools for analyzing, managing, and improving communication in personal, public, and professional interactions. Our faculty value students who are eager to learn and contribute to a flexible, challenging, and cutting-edge academic environment. Our goal is to prepare students to take their place as responsible leaders, engaged citizens, and pioneering problem-solvers in their communities and chosen fields of work. To serve this goal, we strive to create challenging learning experiences that help students become both pragmatic and creative.

Our world-class faculty members blend theory with practice for productive, engaged criticism. Students in Communication learn to evaluate communicative problems and produce solutions that adapt to changing situations and audiences. As a result, the major prepares students for future participation in any number of diverse fields, such as public relations, non-profit work, media, political organizing and public affairs, management, marketing, and advertising. You will find that professional opportunities abound and include a wide range of career choices. The Communication Associate of Arts degree calls for completion of the Idaho general education and CWI required courses (36 credits) and 28 credits of required Communication courses.


We want students to better understand their social world; to say it, write it, and consider it, in order to create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Why This Program

The Communication discipline is focused on how people use messages to create meaning within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, etc. Communication scholarship promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication. The communication degree is designed to prepare graduates for employment and or transfer to a 4-year communication program.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Develop language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and be able to communicate effectively at the intermediate level
  • Develop habits of mind, including showcasing a critical stance towards text, culture, and communication; rhetorical understanding of context, purpose, and audience; cultural and global awareness; and interdisciplinary exploration of history, social scie


The Media Professionals Club focuses on providing CWI students with ways to learn and engage through various forms of media.

Additional Opportunities

Communication Students are provided a number of opportunities to apply their learning and gain work experience through Internships, Service Learning Projects, Work Study, School and Community Service, Student Clubs, Presentations, Symposiums, and more.

Learn more about participating in the THREE TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Speech and Debate Team!

Contact Johnny Rowing for more information


Learn more about Media Club and Media Production Classes!

Contact Michelle Mahoney for more information


Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Communication



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

** Majors should take the Compass Test for math placement upon acceptance to CWI. There are currently two math tracks for COMM majors: MATH 123 or 143. The placement test will inform the student if a review course such as MATH 025 is needed prior to entering MATH 123 or MATH 108.

MATH 123 is a terminal math course based on Algebra and other liberal arts types of mathematical problems.

MATH 143 has a pre-requisite of MATH 108. If a student may change majors at the AA or BA level, or may consider graduate school the COMM Department suggests the COMM 143 pathway which prepares for Algebra and Pre-Calculus.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

There are many career paths that a person with a Communication Major can choose. Here are some job titles that former graduates with Communication Majors hold. Use this as an ideas list, remember that it represents some, but certainly not all of the careers you might consider. Some careers may take additional schooling.


  • Management Manager
  • Personnel Recruiter Vice-president Human Resources
  • Trainer Director of Training and Development
  • Admissions Counselor Benefits Administrator
  • Sales Representative Executive Manager
  • Public Information Officer Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Negotiator Customer Service Representative
  • Newsletter Editor Human Resources Manager
  • Mediator Buyer
  • Social Media Expert
  • Advertising Specialist Marketing Specialist
  • Copy Writer Public Researcher
  • Account Executive Manager
  • Media Planner Media Buyer
  • Creative Director Media Sales Representative
  • Language Arts Coordinator High School
  • Speech Forensics
  • Drama Director Speech
  • Communication Department Chairperson
  • School Counselor Education Researcher
  • Audiovisual Specialist Educational Administrator
  • Director of College News Educational Tester
  • Educational Fund-raiser Alumni Officer
  • Broadcasting Station Manager Director of Broadcasting
  • Film/Tape Librarian Community Relation Director
  • Unit Manager News Writer
  • Transmitter Engineer Technical Director
  • Advertising Sales Coordinator Market Researcher
  • Actor/Actress Announcer
  • Disc Jockey News and Relation Manager
  • Comedy Writer Casting Director
  • Producer Business Manager
  • Floor Manager Talk Show Host
  • Reporter Editor
  • Newscaster Author
  • Copy Writer Script Writer
  • Technical Writer News Service Researcher
  • Acquisitions Editor Media Interviewer
  • Publicity Manager Advertising Manager
  • Marketing Specialist Lobbyist
  • Public Affairs Specialist Public Information Officer
  • Account Executive Development Officer
  • Sales Manager Media Analyst
  • Media Planner Creative Director
  • News Writer Public Opinion Researcher
  • Performing Artist Script Writer
  • Arts Administrator Performing Arts Educator
  • Costume Design Scenic Designer
  • Lighting Theatre Critic
  • Makeup Artist Stage Manager
  • Model Theatre Professor
  • Casting Director
  • Public Information Writer Legislative Assistant
  • Campaign Director Research Specialist
  • Program Coordinator Elected Official
  • Trainer for Comm. Tech. Circuit Television Producer / Director
  • Systems Analyst Technical Copywriter
  • Language Specialist Cognition Researcher
  • Audio and Visual Computer Display Specialist
  • Health Educator School Health Care Administrator
  • Medical Grants Writer Hospital Director off Communication
  • Clinic Public Relations Director Health Communication Analyst
  • Research Analyst Medical Training Supervisor
  • Health Personnel Educator Medical Center Publications Editor
  • Hospice Manager Health Care Counselor
  • Activities Director Marketing Director
  • Corporate Representative On-Air International Broadcasting
  • Translator Student Tour Coordinator
  • Diplomat Foreign Correspondent
  • Public Defender Corporate Lawyer
  • District Attorney Private Practice Lawyer
  • Legal Researcher Mediation and Negotiation Specialist
  • Legal Secretary Legal Reporter
  • Legal Educator
  • Public Administrator Social Worker
  • Recreation Supervisor Human Rights Office
  • Community Affairs Liaison Park Service Public Relations Specialist
  • Religious Leader Mental Counselor
  • Debate Coach


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News and Blogs

CWI earned a second place Division III victory at the Earl Wells Speakeasy, Feb. 18-19.

Aleli Snively

CWI Speech and Debate brought home a number of awards on its way to a second place finish among community colleges at the Mahaffey Memorial.

Dakota Keiser authored an article in this month’s IDAHO Magazine detailing Eddie Braun’s historic jump across the Snake River Canyon.

The event serves as a spotlight for CWI’s nationally recognized Speech and Debate team and also celebrates graduates of the program.

A second place finish marks the sixth consecutive year CWI has been one of the top-two community colleges at the event.

CWI made one final stop on their path to nationals with two victories at Northwest Nazarene University, Feb. 13-14.


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