Speech Communication

About Speech Communication

Speech communication, a discipline with roots predating ancient Greece, has been one of the fastest-growing fields of study in the United States for nearly two decades. Effective communication is crucial to the success of organizations and businesses today and is central to several fields including public relations and politics. The speech communication program at Valdosta State University provides a balance of theory and practice, and students learn about communication in a variety of contexts.

Speech Communication at Valdosta State University

Students in the speech communication program at Valdosta State become proficient in the discipline both in and out of the classroom. Students can earn credit for internships completed during their junior and senior years and are encouraged to complete at least one prior to graduation. Several organizations on campus give students additional opportunities to hone their skills, network and learn about the discipline, including the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Forensics (speech and debate) Team and the Student Society of Communication Scholars. Exceptional students may be invited to join Lambda Pi, a communication honor society.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Tracks:

Public Relations

Intercultural and Organizational Communication

General Speech

  • Master of Art in Communication (M.A.)

Minor 

  • Speech Communication

About the Speech Communication Curriculum

B.F.A.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in speech communication is a professional degree that prepares students for careers in industry, public relations, event planning, human resources, corporate communication, diversity/corporate training, account management and sales. Students in the program learn materials and methods of communication and expression, gain an understanding of the theories and practices of communication in various settings, and become skilled in analyzing and satisfying the communication needs of clients. Students choose from one of three tracks: public relations, intercultural and organizational communication, and general speech.

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Speech Communication Minor

Speech communication minors learn theories of communication and develop skills in the discipline that will benefit them in their chosen field of study. Eighteen hours of coursework are required.

Master of Art (M.A.) in Communication

The graduate program in communication combines advanced theoretical knowledge and applied skills, enabling graduates to assume leadership positions in their field or continue their studies at the doctoral level. Students may select an emphasis in mass media or speech communication and have the option of following a thesis or non-thesis course of study.

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Careers*

  • Account manager
  • Advertising manager
  • Advertising specialist
  • Affirmative action specialist
  • Communication consultant
  • Community affairs administrator
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate trainer
  • Development officer
  • Diversity trainer
  • Employee relations manager
  • Event planner
  • Forensics/debate coach
  • Fundraiser
  • Human resources manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Media analyst
  • Media buyer
  • Media planner
  • Media production assistant
  • Mediator
  • Personnel manager
  • Press secretary
  • Public information officer
  • Public opinion researcher
  • Public relations professional
  • Public relations specialist
  • Publicity manager
  • Sales manager
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Speechwriter

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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