Chatham-Carpenter, April, Professor
The mission of the Department of Speech Communication is to foster the co-creation of better social worlds through positive communication.
Major, minors, and all students taking our courses engage in learning practical application of communication principles that equip them for improving their professional and personal lives. When employers list skills they most desire in employees, we find that our department addresses at least 8 of those top skills.
Introductory Course in Speech Communication
The department also offers SPCH 1300, which is an option in many UALR college cores and required by some UALR college cores or specific programs. SPCH 1300 develops competency in foundational interpersonal communication skills as well as foundational public speaking skills, making this a course that will undoubtedly set students up for success throughout their undergraduate work at UALR as well as their future careers.
Students who feel they already possess the competencies developed in SPCH 1300 may attempt to test out. For information about test dates, required fees, and test content, students should contact the Office of Testing Services and Student Life Research.
Major in Speech Communication
The curriculum in the major is designed to support the learning needs of students with a desire to communicate more effectively in their personal and professional lives. Effective communication skills and knowledge are highly sought after by employers. Our students work in for profit, non-profit, healthcare, and governmental contexts.
The major requires 34 credit hours beyond Speech Communication 1300, including Speech Communication 2310, 2311, 3320, 4300, 4110 and either 4312 or 4357; three courses (nine hours) chosen from the Professional Communication course listing; three courses (nine hours) chosen from the Speech Communication Elective course listing.
Also required for majors in Speech Communication is an intercultural competency requirement. This 9 hour requirement may be fulfilled by taking either SPCH 4312: Intercultural Communication and/or SPCH 4357: Communicating with Difference, and three to six additional hours that focus on intercultural issues. Thus, a student may take courses in a foreign language to fulfill this requirement or take courses in other departments that focus on intercultural issues.
Recommended minors for this curriculum are Psychology, Management, Journalism, Professional and Technical Writing, Human Services, General Business Marketing and Sales, and Information Technology. Potential majors may secure an advisor by contacting the department. A grade of C or greater must be attained to fulfill a course requirement for the major.
Admission requirements include successful completion of at least 12 semester hours with a GPA of at least 2.00, RHET 1311, and SPCH 1300 with a minimum grade of C.
Minor in Speech Communication
The minor in speech communication requires 18 hours beyond SPCH 1300, including SPCH 2310, 3320, and 12 upper-level hours in speech communication.
Minor in Professional Communication
The minor in professional communication is designed to enhance communication skills necessary for success in a student’s chosen career. The minor requires 18 hours beyond SPCH 1300, including SPCH 2310, 3320, nine hours from 3316, 3322, 3323, 3330, 3340, and 4311 and 3 additional upper-level hours in speech communication.
The department offers a master’s degree in applied communication studies. See the UALR Graduate Catalog for details.
Speech Communication Education
Students seeking secondary teacher licensure in speech communication should contact an advisor in the department. See “Secondary Teacher Licensure.”
Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications
General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence
First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)
Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)
Core (35 hours)
See page 25 for requirement details.
Intercultural Competency (9 hours)
The university does not require completion of a foreign language for graduation. Certain colleges or programs may elect to require a language. The Department of Speech Communication requires 9 hours of an intercultural competency that must be fulfilled by taking SPCH 4312: Intercultural Communication and/or SPCH 4357: Communicating with Difference, and 3-6 additional hours that focus on intercultural areas to meet the 9 hour requirement. The last 3-6 hours may be fulfilled by taking a foreign language or by taking other courses that have an intercultural focus. Please see the department for approval for courses in other departments.
Major (34 hours)
Foundational Courses (12 hours)
SPCH 2310 Human Communication Concepts
SPCH 2311 Intro to Communication Research
SPCH 3320 Advanced Public Speaking
SPCH 4312: Intercultural Communication
or SPCH 4357: Communicating with Difference
Professional Communication (Select 9 hours)
SPCH 3316 Interviewing
SPCH 3322 Small Group Communication
SPCH 3323 Conflict Management
SPCH 3330 Professional Communication
SPCH 3340 Communication Ethics
SPCH 4311 Organizational Communication
SPCH 4357 Communicating with Difference
Capstone (4 hours)
SPCH 4300 Senior Seminar
SPCH 4110 Senior Presentation
Electives (Select 9 hours)
SPCH 3300 Interpersonal Communication
SPCH 3315 Gender Communication
SPCH 3350 Nonverbal Communication
SPCH 4312 Intercultural Communication
SPCH 4313 Seminar: Studies in Communication
SPCH 4324 Organizational Communication II
SPCH 4323 Family Communication
SPCH 4100 Independent Study
SPCH 4201 Independent Study
SPCH 4314 Internship
SPCH 4315 Cooperative Education in Speech Communication
Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives
Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.