Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Speech Communication

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Laurie Arliss, Professor and Chair

Speech communication focuses on how, why, and with what effects people communicate through spoken language and associated nonverbal messages. Just as politics majors are concerned with political behavior and economics majors with economic behavior, the student of speech communication is concerned with communicative behavior. A major in speech communication develops competence in theoretical analysis and practical implementation of communication. He or she develops skills in small group, public, and interpersonal communication, and probes such varied topics as leadership, argument, cultural variations, and social change.

Requirements for Honors in Speech Communication

Departmental honors are awarded based on a senior project done under the sponsorship of a faculty member and its successful defense in an oral examination conducted by a faculty committee. A cumulative GPA of 3.50 is required. Students must propose the project by the end of the penultimate semester before graduation and must complete it by the middle of the semester they plan to graduate.

Forensics Program

The forensics program and its organization, the Forensics Association, enable students to gain experience in all forensics activities. The association strives to promote the highest standards of oral argument and other communication skills. It sponsors events on campus and represents the College at intercollegiate events. Ithaca College is home to the New York State Alpha chapter of Pi Kappa Delta, the national honorary forensics society. Contact the director of forensics for more information.

Requirements for the Major in Speech Communication - B.A.
Credits in the major

SPCM-11000

Public Communication or

SPCM-11500

Business and Professional Communication

3

SPCM-12000

Communication, Culture, and Rhetoric

3

SPCM-14000

Small Group Communication

3

SPCM-14900

Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication

3

SPCM-21500

Argumentation and Debate

3

SPCM-23000

Analysis and Performance of Literature

3

Total, credits in the major

18

Select 12 credits in applications in speech communication

SPCM-22500

Health Communication (3)

SPCM-24300

Interviewing (3)

SPCM-31100

Advanced Public Communication (3)

SPCM-32400

Rhetoric and Social Order (3)

SPCM-33200

Folklore and Cultural Performances (3)

SPCM-33300

Analysis and Performance of Prose (3)

SPCM-33400

Group Performance of Literature (3)

SPCM-33500

Analysis and Performance of Poetry (3)

SPCM-34600

Gender and Interpersonal Communication (3)

SPCM-34700

Intercultural Communication (3)

SPCM-34800

Family Communication (3)

SPCM-38900

Selected Topics (3)

SPCM-39700

Directed Readings (3)

SPCM-42900

Seminar in Public Communication (3)

SPCM-43900

Seminar in Literary and Cultural Performance (3)

SPCM-44900

Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (3)

SPCM-45100

Communication and Social Influence (3)

SPCM-49500

Internship (3)

Total, applications in speech communication

12

Select 6 credits in theories of speech communication

SPCM-32600

Classical Theories of Rhetoric (3)

SPCM-32700

Modern and Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric (3)

SPCM-35300

Language and Social Interaction (3)

SPCM-45900

Seminar in Communication Theory (3)

Total, theories of speech communication

6

Select 3 credits in research methods in speech communication

SPCM-32800

Uses and Methods of Communication Criticism (3)

SPCM-34100

Communication Research Methods (3)

Total, research methods in speech communication

3

Select 6 credits of electives in speech communication

At least 3 credits must be at level 3 or 4, and 1 credit must be taken at level 4.

Total, electives in speech communication

6

Unrestricted electives

Total

75

Total, B.A. in speech communication

120

Speech communication majors have 75 elective credits, but they are encouraged to elect at least one 18-27 credit sequence outside the department as a minor concentration or cognate area. No more than two grades below a C (2.00) will be accepted in courses toward fulfilling requirements of the major.

Minor in Speech Communication

A minor concentration in speech communication is offered to provide opportunities for students to develop a systematic knowledge of the discipline. Minors must be declared through consultation with the departmental chair. Minor advisers will guide students in course selection.

Requirements for the minor in speech communication

Levels 1 and 2 electives

9

Levels 3 and 4 electives

9

Total, minor in speech communication

18