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 preceding graduation and must complete it by the middle of the semester they plan to graduate.
The forensics program is an organized association (Forensics Association) whose purpose is to 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.
Credits in the major
Select 12 credits in applications in speech communication
Select 6 credits in theories of speech communication
Select 3 credits in research methods in speech communication
Select 6 credits of electives in speech communication -- at least 3 credits must be at level 3 or 4.
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.
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
In addition to its general minor in speech communication, the Department of Speech Communication, in conjunction with the Department of Health Policy Studies and the Department of Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design, offers a specialized minor in health communication. Health communication focuses on communication processes and behaviors as they occur within the contexts of health promotion and health care. The minor is administered by the Department of Speech Communication and the Health Communication Steering Committee. For additional information, speak with the chair of the Department of Speech Communication.
Requirements for the minor in health communication
Human communication/practice -- Choose one from the following
Health policy/analysis -- Choose one from the following
Applications/technology -- Choose one from the following
A. Ozolins, Office of Publications, 21. October, 2002