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Speech Communication

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Bachelor of Arts Degree

A hallmark of the speech communication program at the University of Central Missouri is to empower students to analyze and critique verbal and nonverbal messages. In addition, students are also taught to clearly communicate ideas in oral and written formats.

The Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication degree prepares students for entry level managerial positions in business and government agencies. In addition, the program includes students who continue their education in areas of law, higher education, journalism, and ministry.

A unique aspect of the 40-hour program is that it allows students to take three to nine hours in related disciplines (e.g., political science, philosophy) to enhance their area of specialization. This provides students an opportunity to influence their own education by selecting courses of interest.

This undergraduate degree emphasizes the general study of human communication in an increasingly globalized world. The areas of study include rhetoric, social influence or communication, interaction skills, and applied communication.

In addition, the program gives an international/intergroup perspective to understand relational issues in the communication process.


There are 20 full-time faculty members in the Department of Communication with scholarly and/or work experience in their areas of specialization. Graduate assistants complement the departmental majors either teaching or working in laboratories.

Student Involvement

Students are encouraged to take a part in co-curricular activities that relate to their major. Communication organizations open to students include: Communication Honor Society (Lambda Pi Eta), International Association of Business Communicators, The National Broadcasting Association, Public Relations Student Society of America, Society of Professional Journalists and Pi Kappa Delta.

Students can also participate in debate/forensics. Our nationally competitive team allows students to compete in a variety of debate and individual events. The team has won the Montgomery Cup six times (2001-2006), in an international debate competition held annually throughout Great Britain.

Additionally, internship programs are supervised by faculty members and provide students with a variety of professional experiences.

Finally, in accordance with a focus intergroup and intercultural communication, the Department of Communication promotes undergraduate and graduate learning experiences at the Glamorgan University in Pontyprodd, Wales; Buckingham Chiltens University in High Wycombe, Great Britain; Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland; Monterrey TEC (ITESM-CEM), Mexico, as well as the multinational experiences provided by the Middleburg Center for Transatlantic Studies in Middleburg, The Netherlands.

Prospective Employment

Increasingly, employers are hiring graduates who are familiar with the issues of diversity, and can understand the ways that age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ability impact communication both professionally and personally. A student with a speech communication degree has the experience and educational background to address and respond to a dynamic and diverse society.

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