Communication Arts is one of many majors offered at Kentucky Wesleyan. As someone following this path, I have long understood how important basic communication skills are in any part of daily life. However, this truth is not limited by one’s degree. Effective communication is important for anyone’s professional success. Apart from the writing workshop and computer literacy, there are no general education requirements for communication at KWC. The Kentucky Wesleyan College Academic Bulletin states that the goal of the general education program is to cultivate a broad educational experience for students so that they can achieve several learning outcomes, including effective communication. There are two CART courses that would benefit all students on campus and give freshmen a better overview of the program.
First, CART141: Basic Public Speaking. For those who have no desire to stand in front of a crowd and talk, this course seems rather intimidating. Nonetheless, this course helps students push themselves and develop the confidence to share their thoughts. These types of skills are important for any academic division, whether presenting research, debating social issues, or teaching in a classroom.
Next, CART311: Organizational Communications. This course gives students in-depth insight into the workings of the heart of any office, team or administration. Students learn how communication flows in small and large organizations, giving them a better understanding of the importance of employee satisfaction and workplace relationships. These skills are vital for any businessperson, entrepreneur, humanitarian or anyone within any type of organization.
It is evident that the understanding and application of communication skills in one’s college program forms the well-rounded graduate that employers desire. For this reason, Kentucky Wesleyan should include a CART course in the general education requirements for all students.