• Journalism and Digital Media students reporting on a local story. 

  • Communication students discuss speech preparation

  • Oscar-winning director Gabriel Osorio takes questions from students

  • Film Students Shooting an Outdoor Dialog Scene

  • Students Directing a Live Show in the Broadcast Studio

  • Students Participating in Forensics Debates

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The Communication Studies Department, one of the most varied departments at the District, offers classes in Communication, Speech, Film and Media Studies, and Journalism. The department is also home to The Oak Leaf student news media, the SRJC Forensics Team, the Petaluma Cinema Series, and Film Fest Petaluma. Our twelve full-time and over 30 adjunct instructors are committed to providing comprehensive and varied educational programs to meet the needs of all of our students.  We pride ourselves on our outstanding students and faculty whose dedication and achievements continue to maintain the department's instructional excellence demonstrated over the years.

Our Film classes include the History of Film, the Form of Film, and many other courses for students exploring this creative field. In addition to Communication and Speech classes that range from group discussions and oral interpretation to basic public speaking, students can join one of the most successful speech and debate teams in the country that competes regularly. Media and Journalism courses focus on the effects of mass media on society, how to edit video for television production, and writing for online media, magazines and newspapers. Journalism prides itself on our award-winning student news media, The Oak Leaf, and Television courses top off our offerings with classes in production, theory, and much more.

We invite you to explore SRJC's dynamic Communications Studies program, and are confident that when you enroll you will find your experience very rewarding!