Communication course at Sessions College


3 credits

GEN 402: Communication

Explore the application of communication theory

Engage in the process of examining, analyzing, summarizing, and evaluating communication strategies and theories. Students will demonstrate how to apply various communication principles through speech, including the consideration of the communication process, receiver perceptions, and verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as listening. The theory of communication will be explored in regard to engaging small groups, the public, and a variety of organizational contexts. A broad range of communication venues and considerations will be evaluated including interviewing, mass media, the use of new technologies, the influence of relationships, body language, intercultural perspectives and gender, as well as how to address conflict and negotiations.

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Course At A Glance

Course Features

  • 100% online
  • Project-based
  • Instructor-led
  • Credit-bearing: 3 Credits
  • Classes start January, April, and August


The course is taught by the following instructor(s):

Course developed by: Kristen Becker

Take this course as a standalone or as part of the following program(s):

Course Projects

    1. Communication Strategies and Theory

      Communication strategies, theories, and models are not just academic theories; they provide templates for effective communication that are used by marketers, advertisers, and broadcasters. We will begin the course by discussing how they are utilized.

    2. Using Communication Skills and Principles to Enhance Your Speaking Ability

      Speaking is important in any professional setting. In this section, we will discuss how to use verbal and non-verbal communication, including body language and signage, to help you increase the relevance and persuasiveness of your communication.

    3. Communication Principles for Effective Public Speaking

      Most creative professionals work in teams to achieve their goals. In this section, we'll explore tips and tricks for communication with groups and crowds.

    4. Different Forms of Communication

      Throughout history, forms of communication have changed as new technologies and platforms have emerged. To address these opportunities, we'll survey techniques for other forms of communication, including interviews, mass media, and new social media technologies.

    5. How Communication is Influenced by Perceptions and Biases

      We'll take a close look at how our communication is influenced by perceptions, biases, interpersonal relationships, body language, culture, and gender—and we'll also discuss how to acknowledge and work through our default biases.

    6. Best Practices for Negotiations and Addressing Conflict

      One common goal of communication is to achieve not just understanding but also harmony and consensus. In this section, we'll strategize on how to apply communication best practices for negotiations and address conflict.

Sample Student Work

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Course Outcomes

What Are The Course Projects?

In this course, students will develop their communication skills and their understanding of modern communications theory, through practical projects. For their course assignments students will develop a communications strategy, a motivational video, deliver a speech, prepare for an interview, develop cultural messaging, and practice conflict resolution. Students will also participate in fun, mind-expanding discussions on communications issues.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?
  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Illustrator CC.
What Will I Learn?

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Examine, analyze, summarize, and evaluate communication strategies and theories.
  • Demonstrate, apply, and present various communication principles through speech, including the consideration of the communication process, receiver perceptions, and verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as listening.
  • Research and convey communication concepts and considerations when engaging with small groups, the public, and within a variety of organizational contexts.
  • Explore and evaluate the impact of communication and messaging through interviews, mass media, and the use of new technologies.
  • Assess and examine communication and how it is influenced by perceptions, biases, interpersonal relationships, body language, culture, and gender.
  • Formulate and present content related to communicating when addressing conflict and during negotiations.

Getting Started

Course Registration

  • Classes start January, April, and August
  • 3 Credit Course
  • Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques

Course Tuition and Fees
Registration Fee* $200
Total Course Price $1730

Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What Are The Courses Like?

Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.

How Much Time Do I Need?

Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed in a 15-week term. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.

Who Are The Instructors?

Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.

Is Sessions College accredited?

Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).