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Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies: Speech Communication Concentration

Our Speech Communication concentration aims to cultivate a broad understanding of human communication theory and practice. Students develop critical skills in argumentation and analysis as they develop their abilities to critically examine ideas, opinions, values and attitudes.  The concentration also contains coursework specifically aimed at providing students with practice in the skilled presentation of ideas and arguments.  Our courses in this concentration are especially helpful for students who wish to continue their studies in professional areas such as law, medicine, business, sales, marketing and education.

You can get a description of each of our communication studies courses from our Course Catalog.

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing the Speech Communication concentration in four years.

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years:

First Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits

UNI 100 First-Year Seminar                                                         

1 cr.

ENG 101 English Composition I

3 crs.

COM 100 Perspectives on Communication

3 crs.

COM 101 Oral Communication

3 crs.

General Education Courses

6 crs.

Second Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

ENG 102 English Composition II                                                   

3 crs.

COM 106 Introduction to Mass Communication

3 crs.

General Education Courses

9 crs.

Third Semester – 15 credits
Course Credits 

Specialized Communication Elective(s) and/or
General Education Courses and/or
Minor OR Elective Courses                                                

15 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits 

Specialized Communication Elective(s) and/or
General Education Courses and/or
Minor OR Elective Courses

15 crs.


Fifth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

COM 381 Communication Research and/or Specialized
Communication Elective(s) and/or General Education Courses
and/or Minor OR Elective Courses                                         

15 crs.

Sixth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

COM 381 Communication Research and/or Specialized
Communication Elective(s) and/or General Education Courses
and/or Minor OR Elective Courses

15 crs.


Seventh Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits 

COM 499 Career Design Strategies and/or  COM 490 Communication Theory and/or
COM 381 Communication Research and/or Specialized Communication Elective(s)
and/or General Education Courses and/or Minor OR Elective Courses                        

15 crs.

Eighth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

COM 499 Career Design Strategies and/or COM 490 Communication Theory and/or
COM 381 Communication Research and/or Specialized Communication Elective(s)
and/or General Education Courses and/or Minor OR Elective Courses                      

15 crs.

Specialized Communication Electives:

COM 165 Interpersonal Communication, COM 220 Group Communication, COM 230 Argumentation and Debate, COM 275 The Art of Film, COM 301 Intercollegiate Forensic Activities, COM 310 Organizational Communication, COM 315 Language and Behavior, COM 319 Gender and Communication, COM 325 Media Literacy, COM 350 Persuasion, COM 351 Rhetoric: Theory/History/Criticism, COM 370: Public Communication Law/Policy, COM 378 Special Topics in Communication*, COM 461 Communication Criticism, COM 463 Media Criticism

*COM 378 may be taken up to three times

General Education Options (12 crs.):

ENG 102 Intermediate Composition (3 crs.), COM 230 Argumentation and Debate (3 crs.). Choose one: any approved course in ethics, values and multicultural awareness (3 crs.). Choose one: any approved course in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts (3 crs.).

COM Electives (6 crs.):

At least one of these two courses must be from the following writing intensive courses: COM 331 Radio/TV Writing Drama, COM 332 Radio/TV Writing News, COM 335 Radio/TV Writing Drama.

Additional Requirements(not counted toward the General Education requirements):

Special Experience Course (One course required) – COM 499 Career Design Strategies

Upper-Division Writing Component Courses (Two courses required) – COM 490 Communication Theory and one of the following: COM 331 Radio/TV Writing Commercials, COM 332 Radio/TV Writing News, COM 335 Radio/TV Writing Drama, COM 461 Communication Criticism

Laboratory Course (One course required) – any approved laboratory course