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Speech Communication

What Is Speech Communication?

Speech communication explores the construction, diffusion, analysis and impact of messages as they occur among individuals, groups, organizations and cultures in the media age. Communication focuses on how people develop communication skills and examines communication phenomena and events. It studies how various persuasive tactics may influence members of diverse and globalized societies.

Why Study Speech Communication?

Speech communication offers a balanced educational curriculum of liberal arts and science courses focused on improving speaking and interpersonal skills and providing an introduction to business, intercultural and mass communication. The concepts and skills provided by speech communication are useful in a wide variety of occupations and in the world of communications.

For more information about the required courses for the Speech Communication pathway view the Associate-Level Undergraduate Catalog

Students who enroll in the academic pathway in Communication may choose from a variety of career options, including:

  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Government And Politics
  • Health
  • Human Resources
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Media/Radio/Television/Broadcasting
  • Public Relations
  • Sales
  • Social And Human Services

The Speech Communication pathway leads to an Associate of Arts degree.

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

World language at the 1002 or higher level (3 Credit Hours)

Required Courses (11 Credit Hours):

  • [SCOM 1000] Human Communication (2 Credit Hours)
  • [SCOM 1500] Public Speaking (3 Credit Hours)
  • [SCOM 2400] Interpersonal Communication (3 Credit Hours)
  • [SCOM 2710] Argumentation (3 Credit Hours)

Select additional elective courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:

Select an additional Perspectives (PERS) courses in Area B.
  • [RSCH 1203] Research Strategies (1 Credit Hours)
  • [SCOM 2300] Business and Professional Communication (3 Credit Hours)
  • [SCOM 2900] Intercultural Communication (3 Credit Hours)
  • [SCOM 2050] Media, Culture and Society (3 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours: 60


*See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. degrees” in section 3030 of the Georgia State University bachelor’s catalog.