Speech Communication

Program Description

The ability to communicate effectively is essential in all careers and throughout life. A solid foundation in speech is particularly vital in the practice of law, politics, public relations and broadcasting, as well as business and the teaching professions. The BSC Speech Communication curriculum provides a balance between speech theory and practice, as well as core and selected communications courses. Graduates obtain the first two years of coursework toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.


High school students benefit from taking classes in speech, English, creative writing and theater. Participation in drama and speech activities, forensics, debate, DECA, FFA, or student government is helpful.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the degree plan requirements earn an Associate in Arts degree.

Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution and modify BSC’s degree plan where necessary.

Career opportunities

Teaching, public relations, radio and television broadcasting, law, management, consulting, speech writing, sales.


Sheryl Omlid • Schafer Hall 212C


Associate in Arts

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits60-64
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
THEA 161 Acting I (Fall only - recommended) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Communication Electives  
COMM 112 Understanding Media and Social Change (Recommended) 3
Communication Elective 3
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 103 College Algebra (or higher,except MATH 137) 3-4
Social & Behavioral Science  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
COMM 211 Oral Interpretation (Recommended) 3
Communication Electives  
COMM 222 Voice and Diction (Recommended) 3
Communication Elective 3
Select four electives 11
Enrichment 1  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
General Education Matrix (Lab Science Elective) 4-5
Math, Science & Technology Elective  
Select the following if the 9 total credits for Math, Science & Technology Elective have not been met. 1-3
Introduction to Computers (Recommended)  
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
COMM 212 Interpersonal Communications (Recommended) 3
 Total Credits60-64

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements