Speech Communication is the study of how we communicate face-to-face in a variety of situations. Students in this field are interested in the dynamics of conversations, the common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and how to make the most out of human interaction. Speech Comm practitioners feel confident in interpersonal exchanges, public speaking, small-group discussion, and specialized fields like argumentation and/or mediation and negotiation.
Every industry needs people that can communicate effectively. Graduates often find use for their skills in professions like sales, corporate training and development, human resources, and various social services. Many students choose Speech Communication as a bachelor's degree program that will prepare them for law school.
For their upper division elective coursework, Speech Comm students are encouraged to take classes in Business Management and/or Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology, etc.).
Required courses for students in the Speech Comm concentration:
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 2120 Small Group Communication and Decision Making
COMM 2400 Organizational Communication
COMM 4110 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Research
COMM 2270 Argumentation
or COMM 3410 Fundamentals of Mediation and Negotiation