Program Spotlight


What is your purpose for going to college? Why do you show up to class, study, and do your coursework? And how do you measure your success here?

Prof. Nick Chivers of De Anza College Communication Studies interrogates the role of "grades" in response to those questions in his recent TEDx Talk – "Grades Ain't It: A Case for Redefining Success in College"


Our Mission

The ways in which we communicate contribute significantly to the quality of our lives. Our Communication Studies Department faculty seek to create a stimulating and supportive learning environment and to meet the diverse and changing needs of our students, our department, and the college. We are here to help students gain greater knowledge and skill in Communication Studies as a means to developing their own potential. In our classrooms we celebrate our students diverse cultures, traditions, perspectives, voices, and goals. We are constantly updating our courses, exploring new ideas, and sharing information to foster our own professional growth and to provide the best possible opportunities to our students.

Our Goals

  • Value every student as an individual with his/her needs, goals and learning styles.
  • Challenge our students with a spirit of inquiry, discovery, dialog and reflection.
  • Create an environment where diverse cultures, abilities, and needs are respected and where differences offer productive opportunities for learning and personal fulfillment.
  • Develop a dynamic curriculum that reflects both traditional and emerging schools of thought in our discipline.
  • Provide every student with opportunities to simultaneously acquire knowledge and develop skill through practice.
  • Help students become critical and independent thinkers and problem solvers by providing opportunities to work in self-regulated teams in order to develop small group collaboration skills, listening, deliberation, conflict management, argumentation, problem solving, and decision-making.
  • Remain faithful to our task of promoting personal integrity.
  • Provide opportunities for students to successfully use technology for research and developing presentations.
  • Prepare students to use effective communication skills in their personal and professional lives.
  • Raise consciousness of our global interdependence and responsibility.
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