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Undergraduate Program Overview

The study of speech communication involves developing theories and research tools to analyze, explain, and improve human interaction. Departmental courses focus on two-person interaction, small group decision making, communication patterns in organizations and other complex systems. Focus is also on speaker-audience interaction in public speaking contexts.

Major Requirements

Students must complete 36 hours in the major, maintain a grade point average of 2.0 in the major, and complete at least 18 hrs in a minor area of study. Majors must complete core requirements (12 hrs) as well as requirements for his/her specific track and speech electives at the 200 level or above. Students need a total of 124 hours to graduate (not including AD credits).

The department encourages students to work closely with faculty in advising, teaching, research projects, and informal interactions. Speech Communication majors and minors receive their formal academic advisement from a faculty member assigned by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students interested in careers as communication professionals may contact the department at (618) 650-3090.

Track Requirements & Electives (24 Hours)

Students choose one of the following tracks and complete all requirements for that track as listed below. Additional hours of any applicable speech communication courses may be completed to total 36 hours for completion of the major.

- Corporate & Organizational Communication Track

- Interpersonal Communication Track

- Public Relations Track

Remember: You must complete at least 18 credit hours in a minor area of study and a total of 124 credit hours to graduate.

Please click on the links to your left for details about individual Tracks.

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