Communication – General Communications
Associate in Arts (Transfer)
Build great connections. Create strategies and find the common threads that bring people together. Master the communication skills that will help you further your cause, sell ideas, and develop your reputation as a leader. This program will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university.
Explore the practical and creative aspects of effective communication. Polish your public speaking, interpersonal, and intercultural skills with the support of award-winning instructors.
Make connections in student organizations like Harbinger Student Media, Phi Theta Kappa, Rotaract, SGA, ICC Speech Team, and Phi Beta Lambda.
Advertising Specialist, Organizational Communications Professional, Media Planner, Human Resources Manager, Consultant, and Public Information Officer.
if Full Time
60 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
ICC Class of 2008 (Communication) Transferred to Eureka College Director of Development, Bradley University Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. I initially went to work in the Financial Industry as a Residential Loan Officer. I also volunteered at Eureka College on the Alumni Board helping with events and fundraising. After 7 years in…
ICC Class of 2003 (Mass Communication) Transferred to SIU-Carbondale Production Supervisor, Walt Disney Animation Studios Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. After graduating SIU-C, I traveled to Los Angeles for a summer internship with The Young & the Restless. After my internship ended, I got a job with Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan…
New Business Manager, Brent Baker Shares How ICC Nurtured His Success
ICC Class of 2011 (Psychology) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor’s in Psychology New Business Development Manager, Natural Fiber Welding 2021 ICC Alumnus of the Last Decade Award Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job: After graduating from ICC and then Bradley, I completed two years of AmeriCorps volunteer service through the Local Initiatives Support Corporation…
ICC Class of 2019 (Music) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor ‘s in Music Freelance accompanist/collaborative pianist I was originally planning to earn an English degree, but after taking an American music history course under Larry Harms, I fell in love with music and switched my area of study. Along with music theory and ear training, I took applied piano…
Communication is the core skill set in fields like business, education, marketing, politics, and public relations. The ability to communicate effectively is essential regardless of your major or career goals.Debbie Hedemann, Professor, Arts & Behavioral Sciences
How Do I Get Into the Communication – General Program?
Deliver an effective presentation. Recognize conflict management styles. Gain the tools and skills to communicate effectively or start your career in a communications field. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Need help? Student success advisors are available to assist.
- Participation in speech and debate team, broadcast opportunities, and Toastmasters are good preparation for this program.
What Can I Expect As a Communication – General Student?
- Acquire an understanding of professional communication theories and real-world applications.
- Learn to deliver an effective presentation.
- Learn effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
- Confidently communicate in challenging situations.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.