3540 Speech Communication

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication
  • Minor in Speech

Department of Communication
8th floor, 25 Park Place

Greg Lisby, Chair
Jaye Atkinson and Greg Smith, Associate Chairs
Douglas Barthlow and Rasha Ramzy, Undergraduate Directors

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 communication 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.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

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 Communication

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

  1. World language at the 1002 or higher level (3)
    (See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)
  2. Required Courses (minimum grade of C required) (11)
  3. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • Select 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)

Area G: Major Courses (24)

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

  1. Course to fulfill CTW requirement (3):
  2. Major Requirements (12):
    • SCOM 3050 Speech Communication Research Methods (3)
    • SCOM 4400 Development of Communication and Language Across the Lifespan (3)
    • SCOM 4450 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3)
    • SCOM 4800 Communication and Diversity (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 and media, or speech communication) 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 Communication

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.)

Critical Thinking Through Writing Requirement

As of summer 2015, all students are required to complete one Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course as part of the major. The university formerly required two CTW courses. Students following previous catalog requirements who have passed one CTW course in the major should consult with their senior academic advisor to determine which courses may be used as a substitution for the other formerly required CTW course. Information on senior advisement in the Office of Academic Assistance is available at cas.gsu.edu/undergraduate/senior-advisement-90-credit-hours/.