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Communication is the basis for all relationships and is the key to success in our personal, social, and professional lives.  A Communication degree helps students further develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of areas within the discipline. Click here for career options utilizing a degree in Communication.

The Associate of Arts in Communication is designed so students may choose the emphasis area that best suits their needs and interests.  All students working toward an Associate of Arts in Communication degree are required to take 9 credit hours of core courses in Communication: CO/M 1000 Introduction to Mass Media, CO/M 1040 Introduction to Human Communication, and CO/M 1010 Public Speaking OR CO/M 1030 Interpersonal Communication.

CommunicationStudents may choose to focus on one of three emphasis areas in the communication field:

  • Human Communication
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies

Human Communication emphasis focuses on human communication theory and research, as well as applied skills in diverse communication settings and interactions, preparing students for any profession or career or for transfer to a four year institution.  The Human Communication emphasis is relevant for those seeking careers or further education in administration, business, counseling, education, health services,leadership, the ministry, and government and social services, to note a few. 

Offering crucial foundation courses in Journalism, the Journalism emphasis prepares students for a print media career or for further study in Journalism at a four year institution.  A third choice is the Multimedia emphasis which offers students flexibility in their course of study with courses that give students a foundation for a career or for further study in print, video, radio, and /or web media, depending on the students’ interests and needs.

Both the Journalism and Media Studies emphases are relevant for students seeking careers in such fields as advertising, news reporting and editing, marketing, public information, radio or television, sales, and media production, as well as many other areas of the media and performing arts. 

#34 bannerAll emphasis areas offer students opportunities for skill development in workshops, in cooperative learning courses, and in service learning experiences.

In addition to excellent classes, the Communication department offers a variety of activities for students and faculty:

  • A nationally ranked forensics program affiliated with Phi Rho Pi, Cross-Examination Debate Association, American Forensics Association and National Parliamentary Debate Association
  • Chinook student newspaper
  • Expression magazine
  • internships at local TV and radio stations, and newspapers
  • Faculty Associations - Western States Communication Association, Phi Rho Pi, AFA, PBA.
  Contact Information:

Crystal Sosalla
Academic Assistant
LH 166


Terry Rogers
Department Head
(307) 268-2648

  • Doug Hall
    • Phone: (307) 268-2496
    • Office: KT 146
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  • Peter Van Houten
    • Phone: (307) 268-2375
    • Office: LH 151B
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  • Jordan Johnson
    • Phone (307) 268- 2875
    • Office: KT 145

  • Terry Rogers
    • Phone: (307) 268-2648
    • Office: KT 144
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  • Gretchen Wheeler
    • Phone: (307) 268-2390
    • Office: KT 143
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Award-Winning Speech & Debate Team

Some people fear it more than death...

the talking T-Birds do it for fun!

Forensic Team at 2014 Pioneer Trails Tournament

Members of the Casper College Forensics Team compete in a variety of events sponsored by the American Forensics Association (AFA), Phi Rho Pi (PRP), and the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA).  Members of the team range from very experienced to those who have never competed in forensics.  The team travels to approximately 4-5 tournaments per semester in the Rocky Mountain region (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado), culminating with competition at the Phi Rho Pi Community College National Tournament in April.  The team also participates in competition at the International Forensics Association tournament.  These tournaments have been held in locations such as Spain, the Czech Republic, Agentina, England, and Germany. 

Students have the opportunity to compete in Limited Preparation events (Impromptu, Extemporaneous Speaking), Platform events (Persuasive Speaking, Informative Speaking, Communication Analysis, After Dinner Speaking), Interpretation events (Dramatic Interp, Prose Interp, Poetry Interp, Program Oral Interp, Dramatic Duo Interp), Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Parliamentary Debate.

Team members are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA, with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, and enroll in CO/M 1060 for the first semester of participation (CO/M 2060 in the second year).  For students interested in competing on the team, please contact Doug Hall, Director of Individual Events for scholarship applications and more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can join the forensics team?
    Any Casper College Student, with twelve or more credits, no prior experience is required. Talk to the coaches about securing your spot on the team!!!

  • Why would I want to join the Forensics team?
    Because speech is an excellent way to develop interpersonal communication skills, you will be able to meet many people from all over the United States, Employers look for people who can demonstrate good communication skills, you will be able to see many college campuses around our region.

  • How do I join the Forensics Team?
    Contact a coach.

  • Affiliations:
    AFA logoThe NPDA logo The art of speech persuasion logo

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