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Speech Communication* (B.S.)

This program was discontinued after the 2022-2023 academic year. Please click here for the current list of communication programs of study.

The Department of Communication seeks to provide students pursuing a degree in speech communication with the theoretical foundations and practical knowledge of effective communication principles. By balancing courses in speech communication with history, English, math, and other courses outside the department, students gain the broad education necessary for success in many careers.


  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze scholarly works in the field and convey the information to others.
  2. Students will measure their perceived communication competence.
  3. Students will demonstrate their ability to construct and deliver effective public speeches in a variety of contexts.
  4. Students will discover key elements of major speech communication theories.


Speech Communication General Education Requirements

General Education requirements - 46 hours
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, art, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
History - 3 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Social Science (CJUS, ECON, GEOG, POSC, PSYC, SOCI) - 3 hours
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Science (must be lab science) - 8 hours
Mathematics 1342 and three additional hours - 6 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours
Departmental requirements for Speech Communication majors:
* denotes course(s) which can also meet General Education  Requirements
* SPCH 1311 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Major area of study (see below) -  31 hours
Minor (minimum of 18 hours) -  18 hours
Electives (to total 120 hours)
Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours

Speech Communication Major Requirements

Completion of thirty-one (31) semester hours:
SPCH 3300 Research Methods in Communication
SPCH 3303 Small Group Communication
SPCH 4100 Contemporary Issues in Speech Communication
SPCH 4304 Advanced Public Speaking
SPCH 4308 Communication Theory
SPCH 4309 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Additional Speech Communication Courses selected from the following to total fifteen (15) semester hours, nine (9) of which must be upper level:
SPCH 2306 Social Media Communication
SPCH 2368 Model United Nations
SPCH 3304 Argumentation and Debate
SPCH 3308 Nonverbal Communication
SPCH 3309 Intercultural Communication
SPCH 3321 Public Relations
SPCH 4302 Persuasive Communication
SPCH 4303 Political Communication
SPCH 4305 Organizational Communication
SPCH 4306 Seminar in Instructional Communication
SPCH 4350 Internship in Communication

Semester by Semester Plans

Catalog Year 2022-2023
Catalog Year 2021-2022
Catalog Year 2020-2021
Catalog Year 2019-2020
Catalog Year 2018-2019
Catalog Year 2017-2018