The Speech Communication program area prepares students for a wide array of careers that involve communication. Speech majors, upon completing a four-year degree, find employment in public relations, politics, sales, advertising, video production, radio, television, cable, government, sports information, business management, promotions, and education. In addition, some pursue graduate and professional degrees in law, theology, or communication. It provides students, both majors and non-majors, with knowledge and skills that will improve their ability to compete and adapt in today's job market and that will bring significant rewards to their personal and professional relationships.
The program is designed to equip students for life in the 21st Century, including the likelihood of more than one career and the need to adapt to a rapidly changing workplace.
It is our mission to help you in these endeavors.
The Center for Public Resources some years ago rated speaking and listening problems as the most critical areas in need of improvement among high school graduates and dropouts coming into the work force. An American Council on Education report advises that "good oral and written skills can be your most prized asset" in getting and holding a desirable position. Author Zig Ziglar cites a study that indicates that even in such a technical field as engineering, 85% of the factors that lead to promotion (as opposed to just getting the job) have to do with "people skills."
All these show the need for students to improve their communications skills. Courses in the Speech Communication program area can help a student:
- overcome communication anxiety ("stage fright"), organize information, and present it confidently and clearly.
- think more clearly.
- reason more clearly.
- understand and develop a healthy self-image.
- deal with conflict.
- develop more power and clarity in the use of the voice.
- improve relationships at home and at work.
- participate in a democracy.
See catalog for detailed course descriptions.
We offer articulation agreements with a number of universities and colleges.
For more information, e-mail: Anita Maddox