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Welcome to Communication Studies and Sign Language
Department of Communication Studies and Sign Language

 Mission Statement

The Department of Communication Studies (formerly Speech Communication) firmly believes that experiential learning is the most effective means of achieving the lessons of human communication and is dedicated to insuring that students enter the world better prepared to meet future communication challenges and opportunities.

 Policy on Free Expression

It is the policy of the Communication Studies Department at Long Beach City College to encourage responsible free expression of ideas within the classroom environment. While students and faculty have the right to express their viewpoints, they should do so in such a way as to respect the rights of those with whom they are communicating. Student and faculty alike are responsible for maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment that is free of prejudice and harassment.

 Communication Study Classes

In our Public Speaking, Leadership, and Small Group Communication classes, students develop skills that will promote their success both in future classes and in the world beyond formal education. Courses in Argumentation and Debate teach the important lessons of critical thinking and the fundamentals of effective persuasion. Our Oral Interpretation of Literature courses cover sharing literature through the art of speech. Elements of Interpersonal Communication offer students the essential skills of both building and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Finally, Intercultural Communication allows students to develop their full potential as effective communicators in our rapidly changing multicultural society.

 Contact Information
Samira Habash - Department Chair
Office Location: T 2359
Phone: (562) 938-4435


Phillip M. Huerta
Counselor for Communication Studies, LAC  
Room: R-8   Phone: 562.938.4564
Appointments:  562.938.4560

Ralph Meza
Counselor for Communication Studies, PCC 
Room: MD-129   Phone: 562.938.3027