Speech Communication

The Communication Area of the School of Arts and Communication offers a major program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The degree examines both theoretical and practical aspects of human communication as a liberal art, as a social science, as background for further study, or as pre-professional experience. All students initially pursuing a Speech Communication major with an option in Communication take basic courses in public speaking, argumentation, and interpersonal communication. Further studies focus on areas such as rhetorical and communication theory, methods of criticism and research, and history. Students pursuing an option in Communication enhance the skills inherent in all human interactions, preparing themselves for a range of potential vocational pursuits, avocations, and graduate study. The area also offers a Communication minor.

The Communication Area is located in cottage-esque Shepard Hall on Campus Way. Communication Area students are active in Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s honor society for four-year colleges and universities. Students from across the university also compete on the nationally-recognized OSU Forensics Team in individual events and debate. Faculty and graduate students participate regularly in national and regional conferences as well as area-sponsored colloquia on campus.

The Communication Area also takes part in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS), with many master’s students pursuing two areas of concentration within the area’s graduate curriculum.

B.A. in Speech Communication - Degree Plan

B.S. in Speech Communication - Degree Plan


Student Learning Outcomes for Communication Majors:

Demonstrate understanding and the value of communication competence in public speaking, argumentation and critical discourse, and interpersonal communication as they pertain to personal and professional activities and contexts.

Articulate relevant theory and research in the contexts of their practical applications.

Recognize the social, cultural, and historical significance of rhetoric and other communication phenomena.

Be prepared to pursue further professional or academic endeavors in one’s selected communication discipline.