Speech Communication prepares students for careers that demand excellent communication, critical analysis and leadership skills. Students in this major develop interaction and speaking skills that are applicable in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, organizational, public, intercultural and virtual. Students learn to develop and maintain relationships, resolve conflicts, work effectively in groups, persuade audiences and provide training and instruction to others. They learn to critically analyze communication tools, interactions, texts and images and provide recommendations to enhance communication quality. They also learn to understand communication research and produce original research and creative projects that are important to the workplace and community.
Areas of emphasis include:
Communication Technology & Human Relationships
Communication Training & Instructional Development
Culture & Communication
Organizational Communication & Employee Relations
Public & Political Communication
Students will earn either a Bachelor of Arts degree, which requires completion of 16 hours of one foreign language, or a Bachelor of Science degree, which requires completion of at least 15 hours in a second field of interest.
speech communication curriculum.
Students majoring in Speech Communication are required to take the following courses:
Small Group Communication
Students choose one course in research methods and statistics.
Areas of Emphasis
Speech Communication majors may choose from four areas of emphasis or have the option of creating their own area with adviser approval. Below are a few possible classes within each area.
Public and Political Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
Organizational Communication and Employee Relations
Comm. Leadership and Power in Organizations
Speech Comm. in Business & the Professions
Communication Training and Instructional Development
Advanced Public Speaking
Communication Training & Development Skills
Communication for Instructional Settings
Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Gender and Communication
Communication and Human Relationships
Internship & Capstone
All students are required to complete a capstone course or project, and an internship or advanced practicum in their area of interest.
The Bachelor of Science degree requires fifteen credit hours in an approved second field of concentration, to complement career goals. Students have chosen such areas as Theatre, Political Science, Psychology, Mass Communication, Journalism/Public Relations.
Minimum Credit Requirement
A minimum of125 total credit hours is required for a Bachelor’s degree. This includes the academic core as well as Speech Communication coursework.
In addition to the required core courses, students may need a certain number of general electives to meet the minimum credit requirement.
Internships offer students an opportunity to work in real-life situations within their future career field while practicing skills learned in the classroom.
speech communication faculty.
The credentials of the School of Communication faculty offer an impressive blend of academic and professional experience. The school is composed of 28 full-time faculty, 20 part-time faculty and 10 graduate teaching assistants.
Dr. Shereen Bingham
Interpersonal Conflict and Mediation, Public Dialogue, Gender and Communication, Sexual Harassment
Dr. Robert Carlson
Organizational Communication, Communication Attitude, Communication Anxiety/Behaviors, Health Communication, Quantitative Methods, Persuasion, Interviewing
Dr. Chin-Chung (Joy) Chao
Organizational Communication, Leadership, Intercultural & Interpersonal Communication, Female Leadership
Dr. Ana Cruz
Intercultural Communication, Family Communication, Persuasion and Social Influence, Interpersonal Communication, Interviewing
Ms. Marlina Davidson
Public Speaking Fundamentals, Speech Center
Dr. Karen Dwyer
Instructional Communication, Communication Apprehension, Communication Education-Training and Development
Ms. Courtney Fristoe
Public Speaking Fundamentals, Speaking Confidently, Advanced Public Speaking
Ms. Holly Miller
Argumentation and Debate, Business and Professional Speaking
Dr. Barbara Pickering
Political Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Argumentation and Debate, Gender Communication
Dr. Marshall Prisbell
Relationship Development and Skills, Instructional Development, Nonverbal Communication, Interpersonal Conflict
Ms. Kate Rempfer
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Dr. Cynthia Robinson
Racial Theory, Identity, Small Group Communication, Intercultural Communication
Dr. Randall Rose
Organizational Communication, Organizational Culture, Communication Theory
Ms. Rita Shaughnessy
Public Speaking Fundamentals, Advanced Public Speaking, Speech Communication for Business and Professionals
Ms. Abbie Syrek, Director of Forensics
Dr. Paige Toller, Assistant Director
Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Bereavement, Marital Communication, Feminism
Dr. Adam Tyma
Critical and Cultural Theory/Studies, Computer-Mediated Communication, Visual Culture and Communication, Media Studies,
Higher Education Pedagogy, Popular Culture, Critical Rhetoric
UNO School of Communication
Mr. Hugh Reilly, Director