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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.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

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

  1. World language at the 1002 or higher level (3)
  2. Required Courses (11):
  3. 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)
    • SCOM 2300 Business and Professional Communication (3)
    • SCOM 2900 Intercultural Communication (3)
    • SCOM 2050 Media, Culture and Society (3)
Total Credit Hours: 60
VIEW THE COMPLETE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS *See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. degrees” in section 3030 of the Georgia State University bachelor’s catalog.

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