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Communication and Speech Studies


Programs in communication and speech studies teach the theory and physiology of spoken communication.

Programs in communication and speech studies teach people how humans talk, listen, and persuade. Students study the history and structure of argument. In addition, they write and deliver speeches.

Communication and speech studies programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges offer associate degree programs in communication and speech studies. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study. Upon completion, a student may choose to enter the workforce or transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in communication and speech studies. A bachelor’s degree usually takes four years of full-time study to complete.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in communication and speech studies. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

It helps to participate in activities such as drama, student government, school newspaper, or debate teams during high school.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Depending on your program, you can expect to write speeches, deliver speeches before groups, research social issues, and take part in formal debates.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in communication and speech studies typically includes:

Things to Know

A bachelor's degree in communication and speech studies is a good starting point for further study in law, business, sociology, and political science.


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