The study of communication is central to our understanding of group and organizational behavior and influences our personal and professional decision making, relational dynamics, politics and culture. Future employers view the ability to communicate as essential for potential employees at all levels.
Discussion and active learning is valued in all our courses within Speech Communication. As educators, our goal is to provide both theoretical and practical aspects of human oral communication as a liberal art, as a social science, as a background for further study, and as a pre-professional experience. Students can apply what they learn in the classroom and from activities such as internships and our nationally-ranked Speech and Debate team to their professional and personal lives. Scholarships are awarded annually to communication students based on merit and/or financial need.
With a degree in communication, graduates will have a competitive edge when applying for jobs due to the skills they have developed through their studies. The employment opportunities for communication graduates are endless, since employment rates for communication scholars are expected to continue to increase. The American Association of Colleges and Universities, from a study conducted by Hart Research Associates in 2010, highlights the importance of communication studies, specifically in the development of these valuable job assets: 1) written and oral communication, 2) critical thinking, 3) application of knowledge and skills to real-world settings, 4) problem-solving and analysis skills, 5) ethical decision-making, and 6) teamwork skills.
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.