Minor in Speech Communication Studies

The power of language and the spoken word is focus of students in Speech Communication Studies.

The program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the oral communication process, in both technical and non-technical contexts. Students study everything from forensics and presentation to rhetorical awareness and analysis. The program incorporates coursework from a variety of discipline areas to provide a comprehensive theoretical and practical curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students in this program will be able to:

  • differentiate between effective interpersonal communication and ineffective interpersonal communication;
  • critically relate rational communication principles to messages and contexts;
  • utilize strategies to effectively adapt messages, oral and written, to audiences in an effort to achieve communication goals;
  • uphold the importance of communication competence as central to transforming students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

The following apply to all minors:

  • A minor must be comprised of 18 credit hours taken at Webster University.
  • No course counted toward a major can also count toward a minor.
  • Students may have a major and a minor within the same department; they may not major and minor within the same area of emphasis.
  • Students must earn a grade of C- or better in any course they wish to apply toward a minor.

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