3540 Speech

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Speech
  • Minor in Speech

Department of Communication
8th floor, 25 Park Place

Greg Lisby, Chair
Jaye Atkinson and Greg Smith, Associate Chairs
Doug Barthlow, Undergraduate Advisor

Speech communication explores the construction, diffusion, analysis, and impact of messages as they occur among individuals, groups, organizations, and cultures in the media age. Students begin the major with courses in interpersonal communication, argumentation, and public speaking. The core of the speech major focuses on how people develop communication skills, how we study communication phenomena, how we critically examine particular communication events, and how various persuasive tactics may influence members of diverse and globalized societies. Elective courses examine such areas as protest rhetoric, communication of identities, political campaigns, media and politics, visual communication, communication styles, communication disorders, intercultural communication, and the dark side of interpersonal relationships.

The concepts and skills provided by the major in speech form a strong, liberal arts foundation for a wide variety of occupations (e.g., business, law, politics, teaching, the ministry, public relations, marketing, and communication campaigns).

Credit for special projects and internships is available. Internships enable students who already have completed the appropriate course work and have met departmental eligibility criteria to take advantage of expertise in a variety of professional sectors in the metropolitan area and to tailor programs to their specific career goals.

Visit the major maps for this program  at cas.gsu.edu/major/speech/ for a year-by-year overview of class info, co-curricular opportunities, advisement and assistance, and much more.

Program Degree Requirements

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.A. in Speech

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

  1. Lang 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)
    (See “Foreign Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)
  2. Required Courses (minimum grade of C required) (11)
  3. Select two additional courses at the 1000/2000 level listed in Area B (Institutional Options) of the undergraduate core curriculum. (4) Courses can be drawn from the areas of Critical Thinking, Perspectives on Comparative Culture, or Scientific Perspectives on Global Problems.

Area G: Major Courses (24)

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Major Requirements (9)
    • SPCH 3050 Speech Communication Research Methods (3)
    • SPCH 4400 Development of Communication and Language Across the Lifespan (3)
    • SPCH 4450 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3)
  3. Elective Courses (9)

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Majors in the Department of Communication’s three B.A. programs must select a minor consisting of at least 15 hours of courses in a discipline within the Department of Communication other than the major (journalism, film/video, or speech) or in another academic department/school/institute that offers a baccalaureate degree. At least nine semester hours of minor courses must be at the 3000 level or above, unless otherwise specified by the minor-granting department/school/institute. A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses.
  2. Additional courses from departments/schools/institutes other than the major must be taken to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours exclusive of KH 1010.

Minor in Speech

Students who wish to minor in one of the department’s three programs must take 15-18 hours in the specific area, including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in the specific area may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. (A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.)